present perfect politics

There would be NO Obama care if House Republicans hadn’t voted for it
(that was a note to his detractors)

(this is a note to his supporters)
he made all those promises
too many of us thought he could do it alone
many of us joined the voice of a cause
win or lose we know
in a viral environment he did what he could
we did what we did or could
and we are so much calmer now
perhaps our calm will beget calm