February 7, 2009

Gail Collins

Got the Obama hangover? Pundits and bloggers and blah-gers everywhere are gleefully jumping up and own all over, screeching that Obama has done a faceplant right out of the gate. The fact that nominees are always - always - bumbling and stumbling, regardless of the president, is conveniently overlooked. I mean, it's practically a tradition for busy, rich, political-type people to forget to pay the taxes for the hired help. Isn't it?

Gail Collins has a great piece in the NYT today. She's funny, and spot on, as usual. Obama is doing pretty much all the stuff he said he wanted to do, like playing well with others, including those pesky Republicans. I'm not sure how people thought that was going to happen, but evidently they weren't ready for the need for, I don't know, concessions or something. Says Collins: "He always said the bipartisan path was going to be rocky, but this week the going was so rough that the great trailer-tractor of stimulus blew out several tires on the shoals of post-partisanism".

He'll do his best; it won't always be enough, the economy is gonna get way worse, regardless, instant gratification junkies are going to be livid, and most of us in Canada will still look on in envy at a leader who, errors or not, still seems to want what's best for his people, not just his career.

And the rest of us will continue running with scissors.


Blogger carmilevy said...

I think it's inevitable that any new leader is forced to deal with at least some backlash soon after taking office. Once the new car smell begins to wear off, the sniping can begin.

Be that as it may, the U.S. finally has a leader who can lead. Like you, I find my Canadian blood running a little green these days as I gaze across the border.

February 07, 2009 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carmi, amen! It would be nice to see someone here, develope some balls, step forward, and deal with the real problems we have in Canada and put the personal agendas, fill my pocket routine, on the back burner. Prime example. Ignatieff, leader of the Liberals. He lived outside the country for more than 30 years. Yup, he is a true Canadian, one I would like running the ship and we could throw Bob Rae back into this, but I won't. Harper and McGuinty have developed his flawed attempt at a recession in Ontario, that speaks volumes in itself. Another freeloader at the trough. Obama will make the changes necessary to move the U.S. forward, here, we'll be still paddling a canoe up shit creek, without a paddle. Disgusting is what it is. A great country and have it slide to where it sits. No leadership in this country for over thirty years and then iffy before that, but, their bank accounts look good. Anyone up for a lottery ticket? Now that is trustworthy also. That is another story, for another day.



February 08, 2009 12:05 PM  

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