As Obstacles Abound, Obama Dismisses 'Cynicism'
By Ben Pershing
President Obama's collision with reality continues apace today, as his signature initiatives hit snags -- or what Nancy Pelosi calls "the legislative process" -- on a variety of fronts.
The Washington Post writes Obama's health care initiatives "ran headlong this week into the realities of Congress." The president's financial overhaul, meanwhile, "faces formidable obstacles on Capitol Hill," according to the New York Times. And of course there's Iran, a subject on which Obama is still "taking heat for his measured comments," reports USA Today.
Noting those examples and Obama's recent poll numbers, Marc Ambinder mocks: "The media is on a kick these days. Where Obama's agenda has been packed of items and accomplishments, he's on a roll. Then, 'realities' always intrude, and Obama's agenda 'stalls' as the public begins to have doubts." (Stupid media -- always looking at "polls" and "legislation" to make judgments about the president.) At a fundraiser last night, Obama himself dismissed the rising tide of negative coverage: "This is when the criticism gets louder. This is when the pundits get impatient. This is when the cynicism mounts."
Posted at 8:30 AM ET on Jun 19, 2009
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