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Voters' Views: Catherine Anne Smith

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


Catherine Anne Smith Administrator | Democrat

I expected Obama to act like a liberal man, and he has

Catherine Anne Smith
Age: 58
Lives: Decatur, Georgia
Occupation: Administrator
Last election voted:
Democrat
In 10 words or less: Unconventional, quick-witted, communicative, optimistic, humanistic, feminist, family-oriented, fun, diligent

"Obama certainly hit the ground running.

You can usually tell more about a person on how they recover from setbacks. And Obama has done well to recover from the few he's had.

I expected him to act like a liberal man, and he has. The president appointed only slightly more women than either Bush or Bill Clinton, much fewer than I would have expected of Hillary Clinton.

Obama and his Democratic colleges in Congress are attempting to undo the horrendous world-wide damage the Bush administration left. The first bill he signed was the Lily Ledbetter Act, which will help women gain economic parity with men.

He seems to be responding to the public's horror at discovering the extended of our use of torture, so he seems to be capable of listening to the American public.

Everyone is affected by the economy. My family lost over half of our savings for retirement and neither my husband nor myself will receive raises this year, so our income is effectively shrinking.

I think his approach to the recession is correct, but I do want to see that those who profited by the economic collapse be brought to justice. We need to penalise the ultra-rich whose greed took down the world.

I am still waiting to see what Obama and Congress will do with health-care and taxation. So far, I do not see any changes. Our country cannot afford to ignore either much longer.

Obama's attempts to reach out to Muslim males is commendable. Only by appealing to the moderate Muslims will the US regain some legitimacy. But we need to find and engage with Muslim women as well, and Obama has yet to even notice that they exist, except to comment that the Afghan marital rape law was 'appalling'."


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