“With Obama, all seems possible!”

It is barely credible that anyone still believes such nonsense. Like Slick Willie Clinton, Obama mastered the art of campaigning with his soaring rhetoric. Again like Slick Willie, he is finding that governing is altogether messier and more difficult. It involves tough, unpopular choices and cutting deals with opponents. It requires doing things rather than talking about them. After a disastrous summer his approval rating has dropped more than any other president at the same stage in the last half century. He continues to blame every economic woe on the Bush years and spends most of his time attending fundraisers. It says much about his priorities that he is still sitting on an urgent request for 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Late-night comics are having a field day portraying him as a do-nothing prevaricator obsessed with his own image. “President Obama agreed to commit an additional 40,000 troops to help fight Fox News,” quipped NBC’s Jay Leno. Beyond the grand announcements, fine speeches and his eager acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama has yet to achieve anything of substance.

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