Election 2012: When the Enthusiasm Fades

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama at their respective 2012 conventions Mitt Romney and Barack Obama at their respective 2012 conventions (Getty Images)

Over the past year, maybe even longer, millions of Americans have enthusiastically backed the presidential candidates they feel share their beliefs, values, and maybe even their geography. But now that we're now only a month away from voting day, some voters are feeling a little less enthusiastic. 

Hermene Hartman is the publisher of N’DIGO, a magazine based in Chicago, and she was the first publisher to put Barack Obama on the cover a magazine, way back in 1997. A Chicago resident, and a Democrat, she will very likely end up casting her ballot for Barack Obama in 2012. But perhaps reluctantly.


Hermene Hartman

Produced by:

Alex Johnson, Kristen Meinzer and Jen Poyant

Comments [9]

Mr. James by no means am I scorned. I am forgotten and overlooked. There is no bitterness whatsoever. And how on earth did Kanye and Kim get into or the Cubs or the White Sox. I was quite serious.

Oct. 03 2012 06:18 PM

Thanks for commenting

Oct. 03 2012 06:15 PM
4thepeople from Detroit

Its crazy how in every state there is an elaborate battle against poor and working class people and no one is offering a collective assessment of the situation. How the wealth of this country was built up on the exploitation of racial and ethnic minorities(domestic and foreign) yet wealth distribution is a bad word. Its amazing how we can't have real discussions about Americas foreign policy, the military industrial complex, the war on drugs, the prison industrial complex, WELFARE,the true source of social problems, education, institutional inadequacies or anything that reeks of justice, peace and equality for the people. Yet any resentment shown toward our democratic leaders is immediately viewed as nonsensical. I believe that the mediocrity of the democratic party is quietly suppressing the voice of the people in need to appease the wants of those in power.

Oct. 02 2012 10:46 PM

How many people have stood up and said that the President has abandoned not only his vision, but his constituent base? NO ONE. Hermene has responsed with a sincerely clear voice. Does anyone else have her guts or tenancity?

Oct. 02 2012 06:48 PM
Bill from Jersey City, NJ

You need to read up on your guest before you give them the credibility of your soapbox. A simple google search will show that her biggest historical complaint is that she has not been invited to The White House. Do your homework guys

Oct. 02 2012 03:24 PM
Condry Robbins from Portland, OR

I think Ms. Hartman is missing the political mark a bit. If she is finding difficulty voicing her concerns to President Obama, how does she believe her concerns will be received by a Romney administration? I like that she is passionate, and angry about the current situation in Chicago. I just think her concerns would be better met if she made a more calculated political decision as to how she voices her opinion!

Oct. 02 2012 02:03 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn,N.Y.

Ms.Hartman is understandably disappointed in President Obama. He has turned his back on the people who put him in power. Yes, he is the President of the entire United States but Ms. Hartman believes in doing things for the people who have helped Obama and supported him from the bottom up and I think Ms, Hartman feels he has disappeared...

Most people are not willing to vocalize this point of view, even though everybody wants that for themselves, when they have done stuff for someone and then that someone could return the favor...It might even be the real definition of Politics:I scratch your back, you scratch mine.

Gang violence could be controlled with gun control and someone has to do something about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian...why not the President.

Oct. 02 2012 01:10 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn,N.Y.

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? The President and Hockenberry. I make great collard greens. Can I be there?

Oct. 02 2012 12:59 PM
Joni James

Ms. Hartman sounds like a scorned lover instead of a concerned voter. I guess its the Presidents fault that gang violence is destroying the youth in Chicago. Its also his fault that Kanye West is dating Kim Kardashian, the Cubs nor the Whitesox made the playoffs or Jay Culter is the Bears QB. Her bitterness is palatable.

Oct. 02 2012 09:59 AM

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