My Biggest Disappointment in Barack Obama.

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on Mar 29, 2013
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{We’ve covered this issue from several points of view, and are pleased to have the discussion continue here. Because even if some of us disagree with many, many points below…well, decide for yourself. Because, after all, thoughtfulness in each of us is the point. ~ ed.}


Yeah, I said it. Not just disappointing, but the biggest disappointment.

I am disgusted by the media blitz that implies signing the “Monsanto Protection” Act isn’t President Obama’s fault.

It’s our fault, the GOP’s fault, the moon’s fault, everyone is at fault except for Obama. He had to sign as the evil GOP had slipped it in with many other items that were on this “must pass” bill.

There is even a Facebook picture going around that states:

“If you’re blaming Obama, you’re doing what the GOP wants you to do (blame the black guy).”

Blame the black guy? How about I am blaming the guy who was elected to be the voice of the people of the United States of America. How did race even become an issue?

There is a reason that the Constitution gives the President veto power. Ironically, the bill was signed quietly as the country debated gay marriage. On Thursday, as the news spread about Monsanto, Obama quickly gathered the press and jumped on the Sandy Hook tragedy, with his latest call for action regarding gun control, stating “shame on us, if we have forgotten.”

No, I haven’t forgotten. I am appalled that I can’t send my children to school without wondering if they will be shot, molested, bullied, or fall ill from eating GMO foods.

I also have not forgotten the powerful, billion dollar company, Monsanto, whose lobbyists seem to have a strong foot hold in our government.

I read in a few news reports that Obama had to sign the bill or the government would grind to a screeching halt. Really? Is this how the president of our country skirts around taking responsibility for his relationship with a billion dollar company? Was the government going to stop if he didn’t appoint Michael Taylor, former VP for Public Policy at Monsanto, to the FDA? The information available on how destructive Monsanto has been for our food system is staggering. I wonder how often non organic, genetically modified, items are consumed by the first family?

The game of distraction is well known by parents. When our children are screaming, we distract them with something else. Isn’t this what our government and the media does to us all the time?

With George W. Bush, I was never surprised by his actions. I didn’t agree with any of them, but I certainly wasn’t shocked.

Obama does a great job of telling people what they want to hear, while orchestrating one deception after another. He is a master at distraction and shifting responsibility to others. Is it impossible to find an elected official who can stand up for the rights of the people and not the corporations? We have a system that feeds on greed and corruption. Is this anything new? Absolutely not, but, shame on me for believing that Obama would be any different.

If you are unhappy with the current administration’s decision here, write or call and let them know.


melissa codispotiMelissa Codispoti teaches yoga/wellness classes that specialize in mind, body, spirit connection through a heart opening, musically enriched environment accessible to everyone. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and believes the yoga mat is a sacred place for self-reflection, healing, and joy. Melissa loves yoga, qigong, pilates, reading, collecting antique poetry books, kirtan, fashion, philosophy, traveling, and most importantly being a mom.  She is dedicated to human rights issues and blogs frequently on her personal blog page: Distractions of a Yogini (



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8 Responses to “My Biggest Disappointment in Barack Obama.”

  1. @twolfenberg says:

    I'm against Monsanto as much as anyone. Here's the thing though… one is reporting it properly. This bill has NOTHING NEW in it. It's the exact same law that was previously in effect in 2012. And it's aim is to speed up the legal system for farmers large and small. It does allow farmers to continue to plant crops even if they are under litigation, which really is not a change for Monsanto because they have enough legal firepower to avoid those kind of injunctions anyways.

    I disagree with a lot of this article, but their analysis of the law is pretty decent.

  2. Actually, there are a few very significant differences:

  3. kmacku says:

    See, I'm skeptical of it having nothing new in it.

    If the rider had already been in place, why wasn't it on the bill's original draft? This was a continuation bill; anything already in place should have been in the original draft of the bill—Section 735 was a last-minute amendment. I just can't imagine Monsanto (who allegedly helped draft the language for the rider) looking at the bill, waiting until a day before voting, and suddenly saying, "Holy crap, that thing that was on there last year that really helped us out is suddenly gone!" That very well could be what happened, but it just seems a little odd to me.

  4. johnny says:

    the weak shall inherit the earth after they ruin it, & the strong will move to mars and start terraforming.

  5. kmacku says:

    Let's get the NASA budget back!

  6. paul says:

    Despite seemingly knowing words, IT WASN'T LAW UNTIL THIS BILL PASSED WEDNESDAY. The appropriations bill that expired Wednesday just said how big the check was the various agencies would get, it did not specify laws, part of the can kicking our congress is so reluctantly fond of. The rider has been called a Monsanto Protection Act since June 2012 when it passed the appropriations committee as part of the fy 2013 agriculture appropriations bill, and was always contentious including a bill submitted to remove the thing. (so obviously ignorant liberals are just freaking out all of a sudden! lets be calm and eat poison, it's science after all! monsanto cares about the environment because hey look at what it says on monsanto's website! stop caring about environmental protection, endangered species and human health which the FAP circumvents, there's agent orange corn to sell! ALL CAPS SPREAD LIES: WHAT IS THE TRUTH VALUE OF THIS STATEMENT?!!) Pardon the sarcasm, I find misinformation around this complicated issue aggravating.

  7. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Disappointment comes from expectations. You didn't expect anything from Bush so you were not disappointed. Obama has accomplished quite a bit, given the Republican and corporate opposition. Don't throw Obama out with the bathwater.

  8. anonymous says:

    If THIS is your biggest disappointment with Obama you haven't been paying attention. He also claims the right to kill us or imprison us for life without trial.