Sunday, June 26, 2011

NYT's Maureen Dowd: President Obama Wants Everything Both Ways

In a telling critique of President Obama, which speaks volumes about the frustration that many on "the Left" are feeling toward this president, The New York Times' Maureen Dowd argued Saturday that Obama is trying to stand on both sides of every important political issue of our day, and that ultimately, he doesn't stand for anything:

Our president likes to be on both sides at once.

In Afghanistan, he wants to go but he wants to stay. He’s surging and withdrawing simultaneously. He’s leaving fewer troops than are needed for a counterinsurgency strategy and more troops than are needed for a counterterrorism strategy — and he seems to want both strategies at the same time. Our work is done but we have to still be there. Our work isn’t done but we can go.

On Libya, President Obama wants to lead from behind. He’s engaging in hostilities against Qaddafi while telling Congress he’s not engaging in hostilities against Qaddafi.

On the budget, he wants to cut spending and increase spending. On the environment, he wants to increase energy production but is reluctant to drill. On health care, he wants to get everybody covered but will not press for a universal system. On Wall Street, he assails fat cats, but at cocktail parties, he wants to collect some of their fat for his campaign.

On politics, he likes to be friends with the other side but bash ’em at the same time. For others, bipartisanship means transcending their own prior political identities. For President Obama, it means that he participates in all political identities. He does not seem deeply affiliated with any side except his own.

He was elected on the idea of bold change, but now — except for the capture of Osama and his drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen — he plays it safe. He shirks politics as usual but gets all twisted up in politics.

The man who was able to beat the Clintons in 2008 because the country wanted a break from Clintonian euphemism and casuistry is now breaking creative new ground in euphemism and casuistry.

Ouch! Obama is more wishy-washy than even Bill Clinton? Yeah. I think she's absolutely correct. This guy is well on his way to being a one term president. So much for all that hope and change.

Hat tip: Memeorandum.


Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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