That he wants to tackle the issues is his appeal. Hillary did not as effectively convey a sincere desire (though to me the problem was that she was even more polarizing than Obama may be now). Obama's inexperience was fully portrayed, but it is hard to put in perspective after the bar for experience was already lowered with the previous president (List of Governors of Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). Furthermore, he has taken action. Not all of it for the best, but based on the same advice as that received by his predecessor (my read has been that most economists suggest that in times of recession, the gov has to inject money. The problem is always that they don't have the will to stop). And probably in a better form that his predecessor did. Why borrow money from China, just to give it to people to spend at Walmart so that the money can go back to China? RE: Socialism - public schools, public roads/highways, public libraries, public water/sewers, public parks, police, fire brigades, and we are still the most capitalistic country in the world. Some form of change to the way health care works will not change that fact.