The Campaign Is Over Mr. President...

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    Fantastic column...

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    September 29, 2009
    The Campaign is Over, Mr. President
    By Richard Cohen

    Sooner or later it is going to occur to Barack Obama that he is the president of the United States. As of yet, though, he does not act that way, appearing promiscuously on television and granting interviews like the presidential candidate he no longer is. The election has been held, but the campaign goes on and on. The candidate has yet to become commander in chief.

    Take last week's G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh. There, the candidate-in-full commandeered the television networks and the leaders of Britain and France to give the Iranians a dramatic warning. Yet another of their secret nuclear facilities had been revealed and Obama, as anyone could see, was determined to do something about it -- just don't ask what.

    For a crisis such as this, the immense prestige of the American presidency ought to be held in reserve. Let the secretary of state issue grave warnings. When Obama said in Pittsburgh that Iran is "going to have to come clean and they are going to have to make a choice," it had the sound of an ultimatum. But what if the Iranians don't? What then? A president has to be careful with such language. He better mean what he says.

    The trouble with Obama is that he gets into the moment and means what he says for that moment only. He meant what he said when he called Afghanistan a "war of necessity" -- and now is not necessarily so sure. He meant what he said about the public option in his health care plan -- and then again maybe not. He would not prosecute CIA agents for getting rough with detainees -- and then again maybe he would.

    Most tellingly, he gave Congress an August deadline for passage of health care legislation -- "Now, if there are no deadlines, nothing gets done in this town ..." -- and then let it pass. It seemed not to occur to Obama that a deadline comes with a consequence -- meet it or else.

    Obama lost credibility with his deadline-that-never-was and now he threatens to lose some more with his posturing toward Iran. He has gotten into a demeaning dialogue with Ahmadinejad, an accomplished liar. (The next day, the Iranian used a news conference to counter Obama and, days later, Iran tested some intermediate-range missiles.) Obama is our version of a Supreme Leader, not given to making idle threats, setting idle deadlines, reversing course on momentous issues, creating a TV crisis where none existed or, unbelievably, pitching Chicago for the 2016 Olympics. Obama's the president. Time he understood that.


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    People miss what Obama is doing, the campaign is not over, only one step in the campaign, becoming president.

    Obama's campaign is to completely "CHANGE" the USA. You know how many steps this will take, many, many.

    Look how Obama is telling the world we are the problem in the world, everything is wrong with the USA according to Obama and first and foremost is Capitalism. What is the alternative to Capitalism in Obama's mind?

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    The opinion piece highlights the #1 problem with Barry, he campaigns, not leads.

    Its always 'did I look good' or 'was that a good speech' and little or no thought into actions.

    He is a frivilous man who treats his office casually, jetting off to Europe on a whim or to NY for a show, and the peasants who elected him, why, they can eat cake (if they can afford it with no jobs and little hope for them.)
     
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    Not to mention that he is already campaigning for 2012. He can't accomplish his takeover in 4 years.
     
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    Obama has eight years. Just look at how bad Dubya and DICK screwed up in eight years. Obama can change a lot of those mistakes in eight years just as easily.
     
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    Apparently Richard Cohen thinks that Obama should be not seen and not heard. Richard Cohen is America's worst writer.
     
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    His 2012 campaign will probaly be about how Chimp left the country in a lurch, and he will not even discuss how he made things worse.

    Ol Barry ain't done milking the blamebush cow just yet.
     
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    Dubya and DICK left so much to clean up.....can you blame him?
     
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    Sorry Yank...nobody HAS eight years. You have to earn it. You can throw that bullshit about Bush stealing the election in the trash. Because if the people of this nation didn't want Bush for a second term, it wouldn't have been close enough to be a question. And if you do claim it was stolen, then there will be a firestorm of people claiming ACORN did the same for BO. Personally, I think BO would have won without ACORN, but I could be wrong.

    The thing is, ACORN won't be around in 2012. At least not like they are now.

    And finally, Dubya and DICK, as you so lovingly call them, had a democratic congress to help them screw things up, so you can trash that arguement too.
     
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    He can (change some real and perceived mistakes), if he would only take leadership and, yes, stop campaigning. Let his cabinet members do their jobs instead of micro managing and start doing everything in his power to keep his office above the fray. But so far I haven't seen him do it, completely. Personally I think it's his lack of experience and (IMHO) piss poor management style, he has to much on his plate that he is trying to personally handle, so it's time to reassess, take on that which is truly most important and delegate the rest.
     

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