By Mary Kate Cary, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
Too much, too fast. That's my take on President Obama's first hundred days in office, and it's pretty much the opinion of everyone I've talked to lately. People agree and disagree with the merits of his proposals, and that's fine. But almost to a person, I'm hearing that the speed at which Obama is moving—and spending trillions—is concerning to people.
But "too much, too fast" implies strong leadership too, doesn't it? Say what you want about President Obama, but he's a leader the likes of which we haven't seen in years. Like Reagan, he's coming across well rhetorically. He's changed the tone of the conversation, which is reflected in his approval ratings and the "right track/wrong track" numbers showing that most Americans like him personally despite their policy differences with him. My advice to him would be to slow down—and those numbers will climb even higher.