Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Adlai Obama

Peter Baker and Adam Nagourney stick this into their "analysis" of President Obama's press conference last night:
Throughout his time in public life, Mr. Obama has confronted questions about whether he was too detached, too analytical, too intellectual. In the campaign, he was as likely to be compared to Adlai E. Stevenson as he was to John F. Kennedy.
They seem to mean it as a criticism. Anyone with a brain who's old enough to remember Adlai Stevenson would consider it a high compliment.

1 comment:

ross said...

I don't know if it is criticism of his traits as much as it is a dance to avoid using the word inexperienced when it comes to Obama.

It is the same tone that makes the press avoid asking other obvious questions. Like, for example, having known before the last election that the economy was going to be the #1 problem, taking a distant second to the war (and why is that again?), how is it that the Treasury department is still understaffed? Why is there no Asst. Secretary and that 17 of 18 positions remain unfilled 64 days since inauguration?

Forming his administration was not delayed by a court fight like his predecessor. It is time to also recall how his lack of executive experience was portrayed as bogus right-wing rhetoric. Now, his inexperience is showing, and we're paying the price.