January 28, 2010

STOP CREEPING US OUT:

Reality check: President Obama gropes for a strategy (JOHN F. HARRIS, 1/28/10, Politico)

He sounded at times like a Bill Clinton-style centrist, at others like a bank-bashing populist. He taunted Republicans, and also presented himself as a lonely tribune of cooperation and bipartisan civility in Washington.

In a favorable light, his State of the Union speech may have revealed the mind of a leader who has never cared much about traditional ideological categories and is determined to create his own results-oriented composite of ideas from across the spectrum.

Less charitably, the address could be interpreted as the work of a president who is desperately improvising by touching every political erogenous zone he and his advisers can think of.

Under either judgment, however, it was inescapable that his 69-minute speech — for all the rush of words and policy ideas — was a document of downsized ambitions for a downsized moment in his presidency.


Just another example of how he has no core being to fall back on. Tacking around so wildly can only exacerbated the growing sense that we have idea who he is.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2010 7:14 AM
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