By Richard Miller
Author, “In Words and Deeds: Battle Speeches in History”
The issues raised in a campaign usually have little to do with the flying fur of real governance, but I’m beginning to wonder about President Obama. During the campaign, John McCain made much of his own experience — and Obama’s lack of any — until McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate and thus took the experience issue off the table.
But after only two weeks, Obama has revived the experience issue in some very troubling ways.
First, he mishandled his biggest challenge: the creation and passage of a stimulus bill. This should have been the rock of his first year in office, a honeymoon blessed by the media, academia and bipartisan goodwill. It should have been a bill that put shovels, picks and paychecks in the hands of working Americans.
Is it possible that the Obama presidency peaked on Inauguration Day?
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