Liberals complain about Obama

By KEN THOMAS | August 19, 2011 | 1:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some groups that make up President Barack Obama's Democratic base are expressing frustration with his first term.

Many liberals feel Obama caved on the debt ceiling talks. Unions are frustrated with his handling of unemployment and labor issues. Hispanic groups are unhappy with some immigration policies.

Still, Obama faces no primary election opponent, and polls show him faring fairly well with his own party. His campaign dismisses doubts about liberal enthusiasm, calling such questions "nothing more than Washington chatter."

The election is more than a year away. In the meantime, liberals want Obama to hold firm against Republicans this fall and push a bold jobs agenda to boost the economy.