President Barack Obama's supporters naturally celebrated his election victory last month as an affirmation of Obama’s first term. But many also breathed a sigh of relief. Now that their man was safely returned to the White House, it was finally acceptable to start criticizing Obama in public again.

“I have been mostly holding my tongue about the president this past season,” admitted HBO host Bill Maher, one of the president’s staunchest boosters on the boob tube, “because I didn’t want to muddy the waters in a country where you only get two choices.” The New Yorker, a bastion of progressive thinking, proudly declared that it would now get tough on the president in his second term.

If Team Blue is truly serious about taking the president to task, writes Associate Editor Ed Krayewski, here are 3 issues where even liberals can admit Obama has been a failure, disappointment, or worse.