President Obama, on the other hand, seems a bit arrogant ("I won"), a bit mean-spirited (swipes at President Bush on the White House web site and in his inaugural address, with President Bush a few feet away), and a bit amateurish:
A fired-up Barack Obama ditched his TelePrompter to rally House Democrats and rip Republican opponents of his recovery package Thursday night – at one point openly mocking the GOP for failing to follow through on promises of bipartisanship.
In what was the most pointedly partisan speech of his young presidency, Obama rejected Republican arguments that massive spending in the $819 billion stimulus bill that passed the House should be replaced by a new round of massive tax cuts.
“I welcome this debate, but we are not going to get relief by turning back to the same policies that for the last eight years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin,” said President Obama – sounding more like Candidate Obama than at any time since he took the oath of office less than a month ago.
This is definitely the change I expected from this man. He's not very presidential. FYI: partisan attacks, bullying, and scare tactics are not leadership. But then again, how would he know? He's never really been in charge of anything before.
His idea of bipartisanship is for the Republicans to do what he wants. Sorry, it doesn't work that way.
I hope he grows into this job quickly, before he becomes a national and international laughing stock.
Update, 2/6/09: On his radio show today, Savage referred to the President as Obama The Petulant. It's fitting.
Update, 2/9/09: This view from across the pond isn't exactly flattering, starting with the title: Barack Obama is a novice - and it shows