1. After complaining about deficits in the Bush years, he signs one bill that makes President Bush look like a deficit hawk.
2. He's rude to the British Prime Minister, and he gets smacked down as an amateur by Putin/Medvedev. How's that so-called smart diplomacy going?
3. He picks a fight with--an entertainer? Dan Quayle tried that, and it didn't turn out so well for him.
4. His political appointments are an embarrassment. Perhaps President Bush nominated a bunch of people who didn't pay taxes, but I don't remember that being the case.
Imagine, for a moment, if George Bush and his chief of staff had made coordinated and concerted attacks on Michael Moore, and suggested that the colorful left-wing fulminator — not Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid — was the "true intellectual force" behind the Democratic party. Imagine the howls of protest. And, undoubtedly, the media would have focused on the propriety of a commander-in-chief and his advisers wasting time and political breath on an entertainer. And yet we have President Obama and his hammer, Rahm Emanuel, doing just that in a time of war and economic crisis, and the story is about... Republicans!
Bottom line is, the man looks good. He speaks well. He's got cute kids. But he's not ready to be president.