Sadly, the basic attacks and criticisms that were part of the campaign arguments in 2008 against Barack Obama as president are all becoming self-evident ["The Incredible Deflation of Barack Obama," usnews.com]. I think President Obama is a good man; he is just not up to the job and has surrounded himself with people who do not act in the basic interest of America. The 2010 midterm elections will begin to correct all this. Hopefully the damage done and yet to be done will be reversible by the free market society that America was founded on. I really thought we learned a lesson with Jimmy Carter, [but] apparently not.
Comment by Bill of NY
The pendulum swings both ways. Right now the Democrats are destroying themselves. A few years ago it was the Republicans. It seems the worst thing that can happen to either party is for it to get control of both the legislative and executive branches. Both President Bush and President Obama rolled over for their congressional majorities. The divided government of the late 1990s looks good after the last year, except we have the same kind of executive, a weak Democrat who wrings his hands when it comes to responding to terrorists.
Comment of John E. Horn of IL
Now we have even the news media people saying they are surprised about Obama...even they were duped into thinking Obama was a level-headed politician, which clearly he is not. Obama is right now what he was before the election, a smooth-talking Chicago politician. All the records were there, what few there were. I guess people wanted to think positive. The old hope and change thing. Next election it will be the same message from a different politician. I just hope people will actually try to find out something about the person they vote for.
Comment by Harold Lowe of MS
Mort [Mortimer Zuckerman], that is one of the best political articles I have ever read. It was direct and well-organized and right on the money. It does not resort to personal attacks, as many other "Obama has fallen" articles [have] but is objective and factual. I hope the administration reads this article and understands that you have summed up American anger. It is not racial, it is not partisan, and it is not ignorant. Nicely done.
Comment by Garrett of WA
And just think, the president gave himself a "B+" or make that a "strong B+." Talk about being out of touch with reality! Fortunately my children's teachers are not pushovers when it comes to giving grades, thereby forcing my children to learn and actually achieve results. We as a country unfortunately got what we wanted—change for the sake of change. One more thing to think about. We elected a community organizer just two years removed from the state senate, and we deemed him qualified beyond a reasonable doubt to assume the most important job in the world. To those who voted for him and thought him qualified, I would ask one question of you: If you ever need a major medical procedure, such as a bypass, would you go to a nearby medical school and select the best speaker from the current crop of graduates and ask him to head up and perform the operation? Well that is what we just did when it came to selecting the president of our country.
Comment by Andrew S. of IL