Willie Brown is the former liberal Mayor of San Francisco, a fixture in the city and a popular columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. There are few politicians who have supported President Obama with more energy since the beginning of his presidency in 2009.
In his Sunday column he wrote, “The most startling and overlooked fact about President Obama’s last touchdown in San Francisco: There was no one at the airport to greet him. It seems like just the other day that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome, state Attorney General Kamala Harris, Mayor Ed Lee and everyone else was jockeying to be the first in line when the president came off Air Force One. This time, it was just the open door of the limo.”
Things are looking even dimmer with the news that former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, an outspoken publicly gay liberal from Massachusetts now says he is "appalled" by the president's inaction during the botched Obamacare rollout.
We're not talking about some hardline conservative Republican from Florida, its Barney Frank, “Mr. Rubber Stamp.” Barney from ultra-liberal Massachusetts, land of the Kennedys. He says, "Frankly, he should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current healthcare plan, you can keep it," he told The Huffington Post.
Although Frank considers himself a strong supporter of Obamacare, he still doesn't understand the president's actions during the rollout. Barney is not alone, but it’s the messenger at a time when the president is desperately searching for friends.
Barney had much more to say from his undisclosed retirement location. "The rollout was so bad, and I was appalled, I don't understand how the president could have sat there and not been checking on that on a weekly basis. He should have said, 'Look, in some cases the health care plans that you've got are really inadequate, and in your own interests, we're going to change them. But that's not what he said."
The most interesting thing about Barney’s outburst is his blind allegiance to President Obama while he served in the House. Never was a word said about any of his objections today. And to make it worse for Obama, he made the comments to one of the president’s staunchest allies in the print media, The Huffington Post.
Without the slightest intention of humor, Frank, who with liberal Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) led many controversial committees on finance in the House and Senate said, "Any smart political adviser would have said, 'Don't lie to people, because you're gonna get caught up in it and it's gonna have this tsunami that you now have. My political motto, very simple. I have always told the truth, and nothing but the truth. But I don't volunteer the whole truth in every situation."
There is a long line stretching around the corner of former House colleagues who would vigorously contest that statement. Feel free to add the many in media who interviewed Barney Frank from Fox News to MSNBC.
The point is, even someone like Barney Frank, who was literally run out of Washington a few years back, have deserted President Obama. This is the same Barack Obama who accepted his party’s nomination for president surrounded by Greek columns at his glittering liberal coordination in Denver, a mere six-years-ago.
Willie Brown may have said it best about the once loyal Obama supporters. “I would have been front and center, because when someone’s down, what they really remember is who was there at the lowest moment to say “hello.”
Are you listening liberal California politicians, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sen. Diane Feinstein, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Jerry Brown? Remember when Barack Obama was “Hope and Change” to you? The president missed you at his last visit to San Francisco International Airport.
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