Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Taking on Critics, Obama Puts Aside Talk of Unity

President Obama has made a show of reaching across the aisle since taking office, inviting three Republicans into his cabinet and wining and dining other opposition leaders. But by Monday, he sounded like a candidate back on the trail, railing against the status quo and dismissing critics as apostles of a failed philosophy.

I was glad to see some steel in him, using his campaign style to get his point across: we elected him to run the country, not the Republicans. We want action, not obstruction.

“It’s a little hard for me to take criticism from folks about this recovery package after they presided over a doubling of the national debt,” he said at the news conference. “I’m not sure they have a lot of credibility when it comes to fiscal responsibility.”


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