In November, my heavily Democratic home city of Washington is sure to vote to re-elect President Obama. But what has Mr. Obama done for Washington during his first term? Not much, if you look at the record.
Take Washington voting rights, for example. The president backed the longtime demand for full representation in Congress but did nothing to bring it about. He even angered Washington officials by refusing, unlike President Clinton, to place “Taxation Without Representation” on his license plates.
Mr. Obama also has disappointed key constituencies in the city. He is still popular among blacks, but some criticize his neglect of poverty and continuing racial disparities, and they highlight his lack of an urban policy in general. Many Hispanics and others were upset by Mr. Obama’s attempt to extend his Secure Communities immigration policy — which has led to record deportations — to Washington. D.C. Council member Jim Graham called it “insecure communities” and labeled it Orwellian despite Mr. Obama’s halt to the deportation of some young illegals.
Some Obama-led efforts, such as his war on drugs, have hurt minorities. Despite his own admitted drug use and stark evidence that blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately arrested, even for marijuana use, Mr. Obama rejected reform. Moreover, contrary to a campaign pledge, he launched a federal assault on jurisdictions where medical marijuana is legal, which now includes Washington.
Homosexuals in Washington lauded Mr. Obama’s embrace of same-sex “marriage” but were disappointed when he added that the decision should be left to the states. In essence, his position was just words designed to secure the homosexual vote.
Despite Mr. Obama’s flawed record, the president’s support in Washington remains high. The question is why.
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