This opinion piece, “More than a bad day: Worries grow that Barack Obama & Co. have a competence problem” by Michael Goodwin of the Daily News is
like a breath of fresh air.
It is so heartwarming, in fact, that the hard part lies in determining what the best quotes to highlight here are. If you’re in the mood for a pick-me-up, read the whole thing.
“Not long ago, after a string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on his face and asked, ‘Do you think they know what they’re doing?’
The question caught me off guard because the man is a well-known Obama supporter. As we talked, I quickly realized his asking suggested his own considerable doubts.
Yes, it’s early, but an eerily familiar feeling is spreading across party lines and seeping into the national conversation. It’s a nagging doubt about the competency of the White House.”
“Which brings us to the heart of the matter: the doubts about Obama himself. His famous eloquence is wearing thin through daily exposure and because his actions are often disconnected from his words. His lack of administrative experience is showing.
His promises and policies contradict each other often enough that evidence of hypocrisy is ceasing to be news. Remember the pledges about bipartisanship and high ethics? They’re so last year.
The beat goes on. Last week, Obama brazenly gave a speech about earmark reform just after he quietly signed a $410 billion spending bill that had about 9,000 earmarks in it. He denounced Bush’s habit of disregarding pieces of laws he didn’t like, so-called signing statements, then issued one himself.
And in an absolute jaw-dropper, he told business leaders, ‘I don’t like the idea of spending more government money, nor am I interested in expanding government’s role.’
No wonder Americans are confused. Our President is, too.”
About Americans being confused, also from Goodwin:
“Polls show that most people like Obama, but they increasingly don’t like his policies. The vast spending hikes and plans for more are provoking the most concern, with 82% telling a Gallup survey they are worried about the deficit and 69% worried about the rapid growth of government under Obama. Most expect their own taxes will go up as a result, despite the President’s promises to the contrary.”
Well you’ve got to start somewhere. At least there are signs that some Obama supporters are beginning to engage in some critical thinking about him, despite their infatuation with him.