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One year later, are voters believing in Obama's "change?"

by Joe Arnold


Posted on January 22, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 22 at 6:18 PM

One year after President Obama’s inauguration, are you:

One year after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, some Kentuckiana  voters and even Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo, who endorsed him in 2008, are speaking directly about the Obama Presidency and disillusionment.

"I'm not happy."

On his way to one of his two jobs, Obama voter Don Luckett is impatient for the change he can believe in. 

"I think the thing is, there's so much that needed to be done that he just kind of shotgun approach to everything instead of focusing on one thing.  I think he should have worked on the economy before he worked on health care, to be honest with you."

It's a far cry from election night 2008.   Voters not on the bandwagon then are saying "I told you so," now.

"Well, one year later I think what I thought a year ago,"  said  Laura Griffin,  "Then I thought he was going to take the country in the wrong direction, and he's proven me right."  Griffin singled out Obama's choices concerning the economy and the war on terror.

Even before Republican Scott Brown's epic upset U.S. Senate win in Massachusetts, some Democrat candidates were distancing themselves from the President. Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo (D-KY) told the British newspaper, The Guardian, that he doesn't want Mr. Obama campaigning for him in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

"With some of the positions he has taken, especially on coal, no. He certainly can't come into eastern or western Kentucky and help. Nor would I want him to."  The Mongiardo campaign confirms that the quote is accurate.

"I think that's really ironic that Dan Mongiardo went out and endorsed Barack Obama the way he did because he endorsed a lot of his policies and then turn around and say no I don't want him coming to my state,"  said Attorney General Jack Conway (D-KY), one of Mongiardo's U.S. Senate rivals. 

Conway says he would welcome the President to Kentucky, adding he would take him to eastern Kentucky to hear coal miners concerns about environmental policies.

A poll of Kentucky voters last month registered a 38% approval rating for Obama among Kentucky voters.  Juan Robinson was one of the faithful.

"He's doing his purpose, considering what he was left with.  I mean, he's starting out early so we should give him another year or two before they be real critical about him," Robinson said.