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Voters' Views: Elizabeth Lamasney

As Barack Obama completes 100 days in office, we ask Republican and Democratic voters from across the US to reflect on his performance.


Elizabeth Lamasney Full-time mother | Republican

Voters who hoped Obama would be the Wizard of Oz have lowered their expectations

Elizabeth Lamasney
Age: 34
Lives: Renton, Washington
Occupation: Full-time mother
Last election voted:
Republican
In 10 words or fewer: I love husband, kids, home, travel, learning, problem-solving, dogs

"After his first 100 days in office, it looks as though the voters who hoped Obama would be the Wizard of Oz have lowered their expectations. I think most people are still content with their completely inexperienced 'celebrity' president.

It is obvious that he is in the process of socialising our country. It will be interesting to see how long this administration's honeymoon with the public lasts.

The stimulus package had almost nothing to do with helping the economy. We saw the Democratic Party flexing its muscle, dumping outrageous amounts of money into pet programmes. I can hardly believe that anyone feels it's appropriate that our children should carry the burden of this largely useless debt.

Hopefully nothing Obama has done will impact our family directly. Like most, we lost a lot of our retirement investments, which weren't adequate to begin with.

I don't think taxes should be raised at a time when everyone is scrambling to rebuild their nest eggs and almost all homeowners are trying to cope with the loss of equity in their houses.

Abroad, I don't believe that a man like Obama, who thrived in the Chicago political machine, would think that some grinning and glad-handing would soften the hardest dictators' hearts. This performance is largely meant to impress the European community, so I hope the Europeans out there are enjoying it.

For most of the world the economic downturn has been very painful. Unfortunately, there isn't too much of a future in spending money like a sailor on shore leave. I guess some Brits could sympathise with my feeling that we Americans are gradually frittering away a once-great empire."


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