May 032009

The Inside Washington show today was talking about the popularity and potency of the Obama administration. Even people who don’t like his policies seem to like him, which, they point out, poses a huge problem for his political opposition.
Count me among those people who like him, but are not quite behind all his policies. Make no mistake: there is no one else I’d want to have be president right now. His intellect, poise, thoughtfulness, meticulousness, etc., mean that although there’s a slew of things going wrong in the world I can bear the news of them with so much less anxiety because I trust that someone capable is in charge of getting us through it. As I’ve said before, it’s not policies I care about, per se, but the methodology by which they are developed. And his methodology I’m inclined to trust a lot.

And yet, on several big ticket issues I care about, I find many of his current policies coming up short in troubling ways. Stocking the DOJ with representatives of the content cartels and backing their litigation efforts against users, supporting the government’s efforts to spy on citizens’ communications with even greater zeal than even Bush had, taking a rather milquetoasty approach to the Bush administration’s torture program, these policies all run completely contrary to everything I’ve endeavored to fight against in my personal and professional life. Moreover, they also run completely counter to the liberal ethos he espoused in his campaign, and, indeed, the values I suspect he truly believes in.
So I comfort myself with the thought that he is just getting started. It is a new administration, only slightly more than 100 days into his multi-year marathon, with an enormous list of crises and tasks to deal with. That he has already handled so many with the deftness someone with much more experience in his role could only hope to have is to his credit and inspires tremendous confidence. Thus I feel it’s only a matter of time before he realizes the folly of some of his administration’s positions, including how they may prove counterproductive to his larger policy goals. There are already some good and talented people in his midst ready willing and able to point this reality out to him, and others like me on the outside who will continue to advocate for these polices’ reversal.

I still believe he’s the kind of president who will hear us.

 Posted by at 5:41 pm

  One Response to “Confessions of an Obama apologist”

  1. Cult of personality aside, the lesser of two evils is still evil.
    I don’t see a positive campaign promise he actually is acting on – so far it seems that all of those ideals he claims to hold have been ignored. He won’t even stand up and call the Armenian genocide what it is.
    Obama is spending incomprehensible amounts of money with little oversight and exceedingly poor cost controls, making naive foreign policy decisions (particularly with Syria and Iran) and has done nothing to end the infringement of our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 14th amendment rights that have been decimated by recent administrations – although he does keep talking about further infringing on our 2nd amendment rights. I can only hope we one day find a President who takes his Oath of Office seriously.
    Had he stood up to Pelosi on the bailout explosion, I would have been impressed but so far he seems to be nothing of candidate Obama and only slightly less bad than Bush or McCain would have been.

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