I have a feeling that its because THIS presidents campaign platform was about change, change change change. Obama was supposed to bring change. And people really believed that they were going to be able to quit their jobs, sit on their @sses and watch free digital cable on their government provided televisions and converter boxes.
EVERY politician talks the good game... it's part of being a politician. Anyone that believes and dangles on every word a politician has, has a few screws loose. I don't think there's a profession in existence (maybe used car salesmen) that has a higher propensity for blowing smoke up peoples' ass than being a politician.
If you truly believe that people voted for him because they thought they could sit on their ass you're really showing your colors. I bet those people you're referring to are far and few... pretty much like the racists. The reality is that people were just sick of Bush and corruption... they just played the all too familiar "lets give the other team a try" game... maybe they'll do better.
Reality is sinking in that red, blue... it doesn't matter, they work for wall street, not you.
Do you remember the fanatics that made it on the news during the election? "Oh God, THANK YOU Mr Obama for giving us your time today" WTF? During the campaign, Obama achieved god status in the eyes of his supporters.
So when this change change change did not occur and his presidency seems to be more about spend spend spend than help the poor ghetto dwellers, sure, exited belief turned quickly to furtive hope, then to disbelief, then to hate. Oh, and remember, one of the things he wanted to do early on (and did) was to cap the salaries and bonuses of CEO's. When he started preaching about this, Im SURE that the 'underpriviledged masses' heard "he's going to take it from them and give it to US!". When this didnt happen, again the whole belief to hate cycle occurs again.
LOL, why does team red always have to take it to extremes and make everything into a hyperbole? Do you honestly feel that democrats (I.E. a majority of them) believed they were going to get the CEO's money? Do you honestly feel that it was a mistake to restrict salaries ON THOSE THAT ACCEPTED public (TARP) funds? I'm all for capitalism, but if the government has to step in and save your ass, you no longer get to make 8 million dollars a year on the tax payers dime... sorry.
The overt displays of public disrespect towards the president (that I've noticed) appears to be largely coming from the right... not moderates or his supporters/former supporters.