"Where's Waldo?" Presidency

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    This article is by a proud liberal, a supporter of the President...Ruth Marcus.

    Get a look at what is happening to his erstwhile defenders.


    "For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president. There are a startling number of occasions in which the president has been missing in action — unwilling, reluctant or late to weigh in on the issue of the moment. He is, too often, more reactive than inspirational, more cautious than forceful.

    Each of these instances can be explained on its own terms, as matters of legislative strategy, geopolitical calculation or political prudence.

    Yet the dots connect to form an unsettling portrait of a "Where's Waldo?" presidency: You frequently have to squint to find the White House amid the larger landscape.

    The president has faltered, though, when called on to translate that rhetoric to more granular levels of specificity: What change, exactly, does he want people to believe in? How, even more exactly, does he propose to get there? "Winning the future" doesn't quite do it.

    Where's Obama? No matter how hard you look, sometimes he's impossible to find."
    Ruth Marcus: Where's Obama? Hard to tell | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com

    Folks have caught on: not an empty suit, but a chalk outline of a President.
    It may not matter who the GOP runs in '12.
     
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