To those who are constantly carping that Obama didn’t do this or shouldn’t have done that, two thoughts.
First, Obama ran as a pragmatic centrist for whom the pragmatic solutions, at this point, were way more interventionist than his predecessor (or opponent). Still, he’s not Denis Kucinich – expecting that from him is folly.
Second, a lot of people are falling into the agent/actor trap, by which I mean this: agents, when wooing an actor, always know what that actor got paid for his or her last film. They suggest to said actor, whose ego is fragile – if not, why be an actor? – that they would have asked for more.
Which is, of course, no guarantee they would have got more.
It’s been a day shy of one year since Obama was elected; he’s barely had nine months in office. It might take another week or two to determine whether he’s a disappointing sell-out or an abject failure. It might take years to realize he’s neither.
[Note: This is not to say I agree with everything Obama’s done. But the gift of November 4, 2008 to me was that I believe, for the first time in eight years, that our President has thought the issues through, and what he does is supported by facts and logic, even if I do disagree. I didn’t realize how much I missed that until I wasn’t missing it any more.]