Originally Posted by HMc
What would republicans like to have seen Obama do regarding the economy during his first term (that he de didn't do)? I don't really know much about it, being an outsider.
If his stimulus had really focused on infrastructure and job creation (as promised) instead of constituency support and political payback, it wouldn't have been nearly as unpopular. Perhaps more importantly, if he had spent the next year trying to improve the economy instead of getting sidetracked on his highly partisan, wildly unpopular health care reform, he might not have lost so much of his independent support.
Those were probably his two biggest offenses, but along the way he's also been using questionable executive powers to bypass Congress on controversial issues like amnesty for certain illegal immigrants and suppression of the fossil fuels segment of our energy mosaic.
Personally, I'm also offended by what I consider his disastrous foreign policy (minimizing the chances of Iraq being a long term win, making just about every wrong move imaginable during the Arab spring, distancing our country from Israel, withdrawing US support for anti-missile defense in eastern Europe, and signing on to a bad arms control deal with Russia, among other things), but I suspect that some Republicans don't mind these things as much as I do.