POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the one man who most needs to be patient — our president — will be

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 7, 2009

Bob Herbert writes in today’s NYT (3/7/09) …

  • Barack Obama has only been president for six weeks, but there is a surprising amount of ire, anger, even outrage that he hasn’t yet solved the problems of the U.S. economy, that he hasn’t saved us from the increasingly tragic devastation wrought by the clownish ideas of right-wing conservatives and the many long years of radical Republican misrule.

  • conservatives are busy trying to blame this epic economic catastrophe — a conflagration of their own making — on the new president. The right-wingers would have you believe this is Obama’s downturn.

  • I don’t know whether President Obama’s ultimate rescue plan for the financial industry will work. 

  • What I know is that the renegade clowns who ruined this economy, the Republican right in alliance with big business and a fair number of feckless Democrats — all working in opposition to the interests of working families — have no credible basis for waging war against serious efforts to get us out of their mess.

  • Maybe the nuns in grammar school were right when they counseled that patience is a virtue. The man has been president for six weeks.

LMW COMMENT … from all we know, we can take comfort that the one man who most needs to be patient — our president — will be, even as he moves forward on a breathtaking agaenda of initiatives to transform this country, exactly as he said he would. Republicans, you lost, we rejected your nonsense, and we are also, as the latest polls clearly show, rejecting your ‘just say no’ approach. You have been reduced to abject name-calling – falsely labelling Obama a socialist or a communist – which accomplishes nothing but show your own true and uninformed colors.

Read Bob Herbert’s entire column at … http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/07/opinion/07herbert.html?ref=opinion



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