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04-30-2009, 11:16 AM #1
comments on Obama's 100
The list of failed policies and urgent threats bequeathed to him by former President George W. Bush could easily be that long. In his first 14 weeks plus two days, President Obama has made a strong start at addressing many of the most critical ones.
Son of Conservative icon William Buckley, Christopher Buckley:
... I am delighted, overall, with our president’s first 100 days. I think he has struck a fine tone overseas (trans: the U.S. is less detested than it has been in recent years). He has exhibited the "first-class temperament" that persuaded me he was the man for the job. He is, as I called him last October, "one cool cat" ... On the minus side, I think his waffling over prosecuting Bush Justice Department officials for approving the enhanced interrogation methods (trans: "torture") is detrimental and even dangerous.
I'm saying this now as a Republican: I think he's done surprisingly well on issues like Iraq and Afghanistan, where he has stood up to the left wing of his party ... As far as dealings with Congress, he's done very well. When he came and met with the Republicans, for example, it is helpful to him in the long run ... The fact that he established some relations earlier is going to make it possible for him to get better results.
Politico Mike Allen:
President Barack Obama has one indisputable accomplishment as he nears the fabled 100-day mark: Republicans remain baffled about how to combat him.
Wall Street Journal:
Indeed, if the first 100 days of President Obama's term have proved anything, it is that he is a hard man to classify. He has confounded, at one time or another, people at just about every spot across the political spectrum. He likes big and activist government, but he isn't a classic liberal. He is more of a social engineer than a guardian of the old welfare state.
and of course a bit of the wingnuttery from NRO:
He moved very quickly to throw off the slightest restraints on abortion, and to make embryonic-stem-cell research a free-for-all. He evinced not the slightest moral qualm ... It is in the realm of his foreign-policy gestures that Obama has seemed most like that Marxist grad student: ... His soul-brother shakes and grins with Chávez ... His constant, unseemly, unmanly denigration of Bush.
04-30-2009, 12:07 PM #2
Re: comments on Obama's 100
His constant, unseemly, unmanly denigration of Bush.
It's unmanly to say Bush was a COMPLETE moron?
05-04-2009, 10:11 AM #3