As for some of your other points, people protested entering and staying in Iraq and Afghanistan... Obama has made it clear that we are working toward getting out ASAP... so why would people protest the wars in mass when Obama didn't start these wars? We played a roll in the mess in those countries... and unfortunately we should feel obligated to clean it up before leaving. Any attempt to get us out of those countries before they are stable are illogical.
As for the deficit, I personally feel Obama had little choice to the level of the deficit. The economy needed a boost, and tax cuts would have had the same immediate effect on the deficit. Not to mention he was left with this deficit. I do blame him for not reducing government more quickly, but I also realize that cutting government also cuts jobs. Money spent is money spent, and it all gets circulated around the economy. Yes, I think we should have a surplus most of the time... but when has that been the policy of our law makers? Not during the majority of the history of the U.S. And yet people still vote Dems and Repubs into office? I don't get it.
As much as I want our government to have a surplus, I'm just not sure we can afford it right now with a shaky economy. If law makers can make it work right now without jeopardizing the economy, I'd support that. But I am very skeptical of the idea that more tax cuts will reduce our deficit when it didn't work for the past 10 years.