Young Americans showed their collective power when they helped into office. Inspired by his message of "change," they knocked on doors, spread flyers, voted for him by a 2-1 margin, and partied like rock-the-vote stars when he won.
Since the election, though, that fervor has died down — noticeably. And while young people remain the president's most loyal supporters in opinion polls, a lot of people are wondering why that age group isn't doing more to build upon their newfound reputation as political influencers.
"It's one thing to get excited about a presidential candidate. It's another thing to become a responsible citizen," says Jennifer Donahue, political director for the New Hampshire Institute Of Politics. She and other political analysts thinks they have yet to prove themselves.
Professors and students themselves also are noticing the quiet on college campuses, which were hotbeds for "Obamamania" during the campaign.
"They're supportive, but in a bystander kind of way," says Laura Katz Olson, a Pennsylvania.at in
It's not because they're young, it's because they're liberal. See "progressive" like to talk about hope and change and compassion but when the rubber meets the road, you'll find them........ nowhere.
For them, it's all about assigning their "compassion" to someone else to take care of. It's why you'll see conservatives give more blood, money and time to things that matter for their fellow man. Liberals offer their vote. Getting their hands dirty is not their forte.