Friday, February 12, 2010

Man up, Obama, or make way for President Palin

Not my words, though I like the idea. The author is in fact Bloomberg News columnist David Reilly. I suppose it's intended as a pro-Obama piece, but it doesn't really read that way. In the course of giving him some friendly advice about how to save his presidency, Reilly suggests he's in a tailspin, compares him to Jimmy Carter and James Buchanan, and calls on him to fire his Treasury Secretary, his economic adviser and his Chief of Staff. No reason to panic, though. Quote:

Obama needs to ditch his professorial, community-organizer mien and start cracking some heads. Unless, that is, he is intent on paving the way for a Palin presidency in 2013.

Supporters are crying out for Obama to pull out of his tailspin. In an article in Politico, Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first African-American governor and an early Obama supporter, urged the president to get his act together.

“The need is becoming more obvious by the day,” Wilder wrote. “Getting elected and getting things done for the people are two different jobs.”

Obama’s lack of resolve even makes comparisons to Carter seem charitable. Financial blogger Eric Salzman argued that we haven’t seen such a lack of leadership “in the White House since our 15th president, James Buchanan, stood by and let the country dissolve into Civil War while trying to appease everyone.”
Read the whole thing here.

Exit question: man up or make way?

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