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08/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

My Hope for Audacity

There is a very old joke set at a funeral wherein a Rabbi is trying to eulogize a not nice old man who has died and while struggling to find the appropriate words a man shouts from the congregation "his brother was worse!"

Comparing President Obama to President Bush it is easy to "shout" about Obama, his predecessor "was worse, much, much worse"

I remain impressed with our new President, and he has done a lot of very good things, yet I expected much more of him.

In his speech addressing the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Obama said:

.... Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope? ... I'm not talking about blind optimism here -- the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don't talk about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. No, I'm talking about something more substantial....

Since taking office almost five years later he has certainly accomplished many good things, yet I am disappointed in him for not availing our country the opportunity of "looking back" at the eight Bush years, not for "vengeance" but rather for "TRUTH."

As a glaring example of what I mean, he had an opportunity to end "Don't ask don't tell" and he didn't! I would add a bunch of things to this list that could be politically painful, but the right thing for him to do.

Our President wrote a book entitled "The Audacity of Hope" and I had hoped that when he took office he would become "audacious" and he has not.

It would be audacious for him to:

End the war in Iraq NOW.

End the war in Afghanistan NOW.

End don't ask don't tell NOW.

Put those in jail who were responsible for criminal activity in our economic meltdown NOW.

Enforce all our rules and regulations NOW.

End the CIA Constitutional transgressions and put those who lied us into Iraq in jail NOW.

For goodness sake, piss off a few, raise your voice, and don't let Karl Rove get away with his transgressions.

Raise your voice once in a while Mr. President and realize that the Republicans would rather drink poison than assist you in any way. They want things to be the way they were when "the chosen few" had their way with the rest of us.

Sir, my hope is that you continue along the path you are on, but from time to time be audacious, and annoy the hell out of the Republicans.