POLITICAL observations & opinions

* NYT: Obama shows the leadership we need, and puts the “just say NO” Republicans in a corner

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 25, 2009

 Today’s NYT editorial (2/25/09) …

  • If we have had doubts about the way President Obama has been handling the multitudinous disasters bequeathed to him by George W. Bush, starting with the cascading economic crisis, it was that we wanted to see more of Barack Obama the candidate in Barack Obama the president. 
    • He has not been assertive, ambitious, clear — or audacious — enough.
  • Mr. Obama’s first speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night was his chance to change that, and he rose to the occasion. 
    • He sounded confident — promising that the nation will rebuild and “emerge stronger than before” — without minimizing the grave problems that must first be surmounted.
  • He drew a bright line between his view of the responsibilities of government and that of the Republicans who helped create this mess and have stubbornly provided no help to Mr. Obama in cleaning it up.
  • The economic crisis requires immediate, bold and comprehensive action. 
    • And on Tuesday night, Mr. Obama displayed the ambition and the sweeping vision that won him the White House — and that this crisis demands.
  • The time to move boldly and rapidly on health care reform is now, while the need is great and Mr. Obama’s popularity is still high.


President Obama has his foot on the pedal and shows not the slightest inclination to ease off. He is taking on one issue after another as he works to clean up the mess he inherited from George W. Bush and the Republicans. His vision and energy are the best hope for the U.S., and for the world, which needs America to provide leadership on so many fronts.

Meanwhile, the “just say NO” Republicans are fading further into the corner, as evidenced by Gov. Jyndal’s pathetic speech seemingly aimed at 6 year olds. And did you watch the Republican Senators and Congressmen – it looked like all of them – sitting on their hands when Obama mentioned the Children’s Health legislation passed earlier in the month; how do you vote against children’s health, and hope to win re-election?

Read the entire editorial at … http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/opinion/25wed1.html?ref=opinion



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