"So when you ran for office you built a tremendous
amount of trust with the American people, that you
seemed like someone who wouldn't move the bar on us,"
"And it seems, especially in the last year,
as if your negotiating tactics have sort of cut away at
that trust by compromising some key principles that we
believed in, like repealing the tax cut, not fighting
harder for single-payer.
"Even Social Security and Medicare seemed on the line
when we were dealing with the debt ceiling. So I'm just
curious, moving forward, what prevents you from taking
a harder negotiatingstance, being that it seems that the
Republicans are taking a really hard stance?'
An Iowa mother named Emily to
President Obama at a town hall
meeting at the Seed Savers
Exchange in Peosta, Iowa.
Quoted by Columnist Maureen Dowd
New York Times
August 17, 2011