SEIU President Andy Stern to Obama: “Enough!”

Thursday, December 17, 2009


There seems to be few groups and people left that President Obama hasn’t managed to piss-off. From the LGBT community, to Congressional Democrats, and the Progressive Black Caucus, President Obama’s core group of support is shrinking by the day. Add to the burgeoning list, Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern who wrote a letter to his members calling the president out on the healthcare bill.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

A little over a year ago, you stood up and showed a nation that Yes, We Can. You knocked on doors, picked up phones, wrote your friends and family and neighbors and helped ring in a resounding victory. It was a win not just for a candidate, but for a people. For a country. For a promise of a better future for all of our kids and grandkids and generations to come.

President Obama must remember his own words from the campaign. His call of “Yes We Can” was not just to us, not just to the millions of people who voted for him, but to himself. We all stood shoulder to shoulder with the President during his hard fought campaign. And, we will continue to stand with him but he must fight for the reform we all know is possible. He must fight for Cynthia, Maria, and Gerry – for every American.

Our challenge to you, to the President, to the Senate and to the House of Representatives is to fight. Now, more than ever, all of us must stand up, remember what health insurance reform is all about, and fight like hell to deliver real and meaningful reform to the American people.

In Solidarity,

Andy Stern

(Read the entire letter HERE.)

It’s important to remember that in the 2008 campaign, the SEIU played a critical role raising campaign dollars, contributing energy and helping then-candidate Barack Obama get elected president. Mr. Obama is playing with fire. He can’t keep behaving in ways that cause his concentric circle of supporters to shrink and think he can make the argument for reelection in 2012. The choice is President Obama’s.

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16 Responses to SEIU President Andy Stern to Obama: “Enough!”

  1. The choice will be made by others for Obama. Money talks and bullshit is everywhere.

  2. JollyRoger says:

    The greedy also tend to be the stupid.

    Of course, healthcare as-is in America is going to bankrupt us, and that day will come very soon. But the greedy don’t care. They never care, until the mob shows up to attach them to a tree or put them against a wall.

  3. libhomo says:

    There’s a simple solution to this problem: budget reconciliation.

  4. Dmitris says:

    The fight to win the backing of the SEIU was hard fought and Obama won. He is in trouble in more ways than one if he’s already lost them. I think 2010 and 2012 will be bloodbaths and the Democrats will lose numbers not seen since 1994.

  5. Rachel says:

    Obama and Hillary split the difference with the SEIU. If Hillary wants to jump in the race in 2012, I don’t think she’ll have any problems winning Obama’s base.

  6. JollyRoger says:

    It almost seems like the President is paving the way for the return of Hill.

  7. Pechanga says:

    Add to the mix the AFL-CIO.

    They’ve come out against the current healthcare bill because it was written by Big Insurance and Big Pharma. This isn’t what we were promised and why this president is kow-towing to Joe Lieberman is a total and complete mystery.

  8. bradfrmphnx says:

    The only thing I can add, to what you say so well, is to remind everyone that health care insurance companies do not have any government sanctions placed on them. They can legally collude. They are a government sanctioned monopoly. What is illegal for every other business besides baseball, is legal for health care insurance companies. Do you think they raise their prices a little bit? I’m sick of hearing how they are barely making it.

  9. Rock says:

    I’m with Rachel on this one. I’m beginning to have a case of buyer’s remorse at this point, but there’s no way in hell I’m voting for a GOP candidate.

  10. Trumka was, and will be, stronger. Good luck to the blue dogs and conservadems without union support. I hope the dems maintain the majority in the house by 1 seat next year (because I don’t want a republican majority) and that the blue dogs are the ones that lose. After all, Kucinich and Lee should be safe.

  11. Randy Arroyo says:

    I don’t think anyone on the left wants Obama to fail. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. But what I see and hear is a general feeling that the president is abandoning the core issues he pledged to push forward during the 2008 campaign. Like single payer. Like the repeal of DOMA and DADT. A year in and none of these have happened.

  12. bradfrmphnx says:

    Change it had to come
    We knew it all along
    We were liberated from the fall that’s all
    But the world looks just the same
    And history ain’t changed
    ‘Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

    I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
    Take a bow for the new revolution
    Smile and grin at the change all around me
    Pick up my guitar and play
    Just like yesterday
    And I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again
    No, no!

    The Who

  13. Joe in Colorado says:

    The loss of the SEIU and the AFL-CIO are huge. I think this is serious but I also think Obama can turn it around in the next 3 years and fulfill the promise of his legacy. He needs to not get bogged down in the war in Afghanistan, get the troops out of Iraq and stand up to the GOP. He needs to fire Rahm Emanual who I think is giving him terrible advice.

  14. HalfGay says:

    This bill is crappy but it may be something we can work with

  15. I have officially lost all “Hope” and any “Change” that I once thought could come out of this mans presidency have vanished. Obama has become worse than even Clinton. He sold all of us out for three pieces of silver and the only fierce advocate this man will ever be is a fierce advocate for himself and his ego.

    ONE TERM PRESIDENT…at this point I don’t care if this country elects Sarah Palin next time around, and then I am gonna laugh at him for being so blind and stupid. If he looses the next election it will not be because the republican is the better candidate it will be because so many of us stayed home and said fuck you Mr. President.

  16. this is what happens when you take your “base” (i so hate that term) for granted – figuring the left, unions, etc have nowhere else to go.

    except this time it is not working – obama backed himself into a corner on this one – this bill SUCKS big time – not passing is a huge problem, passing it is an even bigger one

    the self congratulatory crap that will happen when it passes is already making me sick

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