At Home and Abroad, a Tough Road Ahead for Obama
By Ben Pershing
While you and yours were enjoying holiday presents, cookies and the end of another middling Redskins season, the political world was generally quiet. Except for the part where Israel launched a sustained bombing campaign against Gaza, killing hundreds, possibly tarring President Bush's legacy in the region while complicating Barack Obama's path ahead.
Still on vacation in Hawaii, Obama and his team have generally deferred to Bush on the crisis over the last few days, reminding us yet again that "there is only one president at a time." (Except in the movie "Dave.") As with the auto bailout, it may be just as well for Obama that he's not president yet, leaving Bush to take the hit in a political situation with no good options. And Obama will have enough on his plate already on Jan. 20, as he's still vowing to cut taxes for the middle class even as he pushes a massive stimulus package.
With all that stress, this may not be the easiest time for Obama to finally quit smoking. (Given that every other kind of souvenir now seems to be available, perhaps some enterprising entrepreneur will introduce "44" brand nicotine gum.)
Posted at 8:00 AM ET on Dec 29, 2008
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