I agree with you. The president can only approve or veto bills, they can’t pass them. And having queer women of color in Congress would be fantastic.
My recent criticisms of Obama, though, haven’t been about what laws haven’t been passed. I’ve been critical of how little he *tries* to advocate for certain important issues. As President, every word he says will be listened to and reported on. Absolutely doesn’t mean people will agree, but the words will be out there.
Imagine if Obama actually fought for unrestricted access to abortion instead of just saying he’s pro-choice.
Imagine if Obama actually fought for an end to state-sanctioned genocide and terrorism of African-Americans instead of giving money to police departments for body cameras.
Imagine if Obama actually fought for amnesty for the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants living in constant fear of violence and deportation instead of stating that the immigration system needs to be fixed?
A big part of a president’s job is to be an advocate. On too many important issues, Obama makes no serious effort. And that has nothing to do with Congress.
In my opinion, counting on the president or the congress is pretty much useless. We have to advocate for ourselves. And we have to work together so that our collective voice will be loud enough to be heard.