“I talk to people, you know, who thought he would just have a magic wand,” said Ira Acree, a pastor on the city’s South Side, where Obama worked as a community organizer, taught law and still has a house.

Across the city this week, many Chicagoans acted a bit defensive or protective of Obama, who considers Chicago home despite being born in Hawaii. Obama has only visited a handful of times since he left for the White House, but his adopted hometown seems more willing to give him a pass than other places around the nation…

One after another, residents said that in Chicago expectations were simply too high, that there was no way Obama could accomplish what they had hoped he would.

“They thought he would come in and all those long repressed desires of progressive folks would come true, that passage (of bills) would be easy and would be a matter of introducing the bills,” said David Fagus, the Democratic committeeman for the 49th ward on the city’s North Side.