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Obama's First Month

During his first month in office, President Obama has been a miracle worker. He managed to resurrect a series of Republican issues once cold and dead.

It was in part because some of conservatism's central issues had lost their potency that Republicans fell into their latest identity crisis. Welfare reform was a large humanitarian achievement – but its success deprived Republicans of a powerful political appeal. Traditional Republican objections to overreaching government and massive debt seemed quaint and irrelevant as soon as the economy went into meltdown mode. Cultural issues no longer seemed to be cutting the way they once did.

Thirty days after Obama's inauguration, everything old is new again. While the administration has not undone the 1996 welfare reform (the entitlement, for example, was not restored), it has weakened that landmark reform and given conservatives back their issue. The Pelosi stimulus package seemed more like the Christmas wish list of a greedy child than a sober, necessary economic measure. Its excesses – and the arrogance of Democratic leaders in the process of constructing it – managed to unify and encourage the Republican caucus on their defining ideological commitment: limited government. Fear of massive debt and resulting inflation is now undermining the reception of Obama spending initiatives across the ideological spectrum. And it was a remarkable confirmation of stereotypes for liberals to propose condoms as "stimulus" spending and to refer to the home of the brave as "a nation of cowards."

I don't think the revival of issues such as welfare and government spending will be enough to ignite the revival of the Republican Party, which will eventually require some kind of hopeful, positive agenda. But it may be enough to solidify Republican constituencies that defected to Obama's post-partisan campaign.

Above all, Obama's first month proves an iron rule of American politics: If a political party is not challenged and shaped by a leader, it will revert to its default values. Without strong leadership, the Republican Party can easily tend toward isolationism, anti-immigrant sentiment and indifference to the poor. Without strong leadership, the Democratic Party can swiftly overspend, overreach, alienate Middle America and please liberal constituencies at the expense of the public interest.

It is very early. But by this measure, Obama has not yet shown himself a strong leader of his party.

By Michael Gerson  | February 20, 2009; 11:06 AM ET
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Spot on Mr Gerson,as all Der Leader Fake
Messiah El Presidente for Life Odumbo Obama
Barack Hussein Obama knows how to do,quite
frankly is mis-spend our tax payer money,
waste at least $500,000 per trip on Air Force One to feed his massive EGO and his
narcisstic power mad delusions so typical
of a cocaine snorting and crack smoking drug addict,and how to do endless photo ops
and read speeches from his teleprompter
and prove endless what a total incompetent
inexperience joke of a pathetio excuse for
a President of the USA Barack Obama is.

Posted by: SharonKay2009 | February 20, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The President said the stimulus needed to be passed quickly because Americans are hurting however he didn't feel the need to sign it into law quickly.

Translation: Pass it before anybody can read it so there is no opposition. Pass it quickly because the American People are starting to question the earmarks and the spending that does nothing to stimulate the economy or create jobs.

Posted by: KareninIndy | February 20, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sharon, most of you wingnuts can't understand a President who isn't followed with blind devotion, as Bush was. President Obama doesn't demand we follow him or else, nor do we feel the need to give up our own opinions and march in lockstep while a weak leader pipes us into a ruined economy and two wars.

Dear Karen, your views are typical of bottle-fed wingnuts. The stimulus bill was posted for all to see...if you had the motivation to look at it. No, you want Limbaugh to tell you what it means. Well, democracy is hard work and that means you have to read for yourself. It's just a bit early to know how the stimulus bill will affect the economy, don't you think, or are you prescient? No, like all your kind you want all or nothing. President Obama never said the stimulus would solve all the problems Bush left behind. If the stimulus works we'll just never know how bad things might have been without it, so I don't expect to see any apologies from the defeatist right.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 21, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Gerson as the voters sure blew it
this time with Barack Hussein Obama and I
didn't think anyone would be dumb enough
to vote for an even bigger total clueless
foul up like Obama after 8 Years of Bush,
but I sure was dead wrong as Barack Obama
and Joe Biden are already starting to make
even George W Bush and Dead Eye Cheney the
Serial Draft Dodger look good. Let's just
Impeach Obama and Biden and throw Speaker
Mousey Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in for
good measure while we still have a country
to do so.

Posted by: Sue122583 | February 21, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Dear Sue, so now it's apparent you hate Bush, Cheney, Obama and Biden. Care to add your kids and parents to the list?

Posted by: arancia12 | February 21, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

You're right, Obama should have kept doing what Republicans want so that they won't have anything to whine about.

Oh wait, we're in a crisis that many economists worry might be as bad as 1929 and we're forced to take policy advice from nitwit columnists who clearly have only the dimmest grasp of the fundamental economics involved.

Please Gerson tell me, do you understand that Keynesian economics entails spending to counteract depression? Do you know that studies show that the best way to increase consumer spending is to give money to the poorest people? Are you aware that developed economies in depressions with aging populations have trouble with deflation NOT inflation?

If you do understand this stuff, your column doesn't reflect it. So please, either start writing like you understand what you are writing about or just stop writing.

Posted by: zosima | February 21, 2009 2:18 AM | Report abuse

If Gerson's words were currency, America's banks would be filled with them, thanks to Gerson's boss' deft management of our financial system.

Posted by: provo1 | February 21, 2009 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Horrible analysis, Obama is a democrat, it could have been any democrat, they as a foundation believe in aid to the poor and as advertised believed in a stimulus package in this hurting time. the house's original version was actually more potent than the final. The republican "unification" thus was inevitable, instant, and would have happened no matter which democrat won the office as they have chosen to take the opposite side on the issue. the 2 parties have irreconcilable differences and they are playing off that.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | February 21, 2009 2:46 AM | Report abuse

So we get you more than weekly now? Be still my heart.

It's kind of you to try and cheer up the troops, but you ought to know better.

In the first place, there aren't enough of your troops to win a national election anymore. You chased away enough moderates and secular conservatives to turn yourself into a regional if not local party.

In the second place, the voters have finally seen through the stunning hypocrisy of the Republican Party, although it took them long enough, God knows. The sight of all the Congressmen and Governors who voted and/or railed against against the stimulus "on principle" now lining up at the trough to get goodies for their districts is fairly disgusting, but completely in character. And those voters with good memories will recall that as far back as the sainted Ronnie Raygun, Republicans completely forget about their sacred principles once they get into power. At least President Obama is doing what he said he was going to do.

Although I'm a lifelong Democrat, I believe we need to do business with the opposition. It keeps us from going too far ourselves (like you folks did). But who can do business with people whose greatest contribution to the discussion is to demonize anything they don't agree with and become the "Party of NO"?

Posted by: wkorn | February 21, 2009 2:54 AM | Report abuse

"Without strong leadership, the Democratic Party can swiftly overspend, overreach, alienate Middle America and please liberal constituencies at the expense of the public interest."

Yes, dear. Keep on spewing your nonsense. In ther meantime, "liberal constituencies" have a lot of work to do to clean up the mess that your God, Bush the Younger, left behind...

Posted by: Gatsby1 | February 21, 2009 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Shorter Gerson the Christmas Poo: Once, when you were sleeping, I put myself in your mouth and took a picture.

Posted by: hellslittlestangel1 | February 21, 2009 5:25 AM | Report abuse

Hack. Hate monger.

Posted by: DocGreen | February 21, 2009 5:27 AM | Report abuse

It is true that Republicans will oppose any government that tries to solve problems. That is why Obama is going to find a solid wall of opposition to any initiative that addresses our current economic and foreign affairs crises. Obama was elected to bring change and he is doing so. His approach is from the center rather than from the ideological boundaries such as we saw during Bush's 8 years. We know the consequence of "limited government". Those include economic collapse, poison food, huge deficits, acrimony with our allies, failure to address key problems like business fraud and deceit in the housing and investment world and more. The Republican solutions did not work and they are trying to cover their behinds by changing the subject but it won't work. The issue is the results not the methodology. Neocons have failed and now it is time to try something different. If the Republicans don't want to play that is up to them. They do so at their own peril.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | February 21, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Yep-- in one month he has paraded before the cameras and spent money more foolishly that any other President. Using Air Force One to fly one Senator in to sign for a bill that he claimed was such an emergency but he then took 4 days to sign it. He just had to sign it in Denver - its a swing State you know..and he thinks we are not suppose to care how much it all cost to fly everyone there. Then hes off to Chicago again and to dinner with wifey ---also at the expense of the tax payers. Then hes' "tired of being in the White House" so he has to skip off to Camp David. Whats next ?? - a vacation every week, more miles and expense using Air Force One for his frivolous vacations ?? As usual the MEDIA is still in love with him and they overlook all his absences from Washington, HOWEVER the publc is starting to see him for what he really is - an imposter from Kenya.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | February 21, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Gerson can spew his drivel for the true believers all he wants. All the Repukes have emerged as is the party of disloyal opposition and of course, as they have been since 1964, the party of the racist right.

Posted by: ElectricBill | February 21, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

And without a strong editor hack writers like Gerson quickly revert to cliche. Gerson is being far too kind to his own Republican Party if he thinks that its default position is noithing more ugly than anti-immigrant and anti-poor. The GOP is far more narrow, provincial, and tribal than that. There is a reason the GOP is now largely a white, southern protestant protest movement and that's because it's default position is "anti-American" when those "other" Americans happen to live in blue states or big cities. No, the default position of the Republican Party is "rural, religious traditionalism" struggling to co-exist in a modern, pluralist secular nation. Just listen to the anguished voices of Republican pragmatists and moderates like Christy Todd Whitman who are trying to carve out a more modern and secular direction for the party. They get it that the GOP has nowhere to grow or go because its become a narrow religious party, even if Gerson doesn't.

As for his tendentious description of Democrats. Those are nothing more than the standard Reagan-Republican talking points. Gerson promotes the cliche that Democrats cater to their "leftist interest groups" at the expense of the larger public good without detailing exactly what he means by that. How typical. Could it be that if he went into specifics about the liberal programs Democrats support, his "alienated middle America" would in fact line up on the Democrat's side. That's why Republicans are usually so vague and non-specific when they talk about "big government" and "tax and spend Democrats." Better to use scary words that people can get mad about rather than admit you are against giving loans to smart poor kids so they can go to college. Reagan got away with those broad-brush stereotypes so Republicans today figure so can they.

Posted by: TedFrier | February 21, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Nice job, Mr. Gerson, of pulling the classic Republican move of misrepresenting someone for your purposes. You allude to Eric Holder's "coward" comment completely out of context; fortunately, any intelligent person, which rules out many GOP partisans, can follow the link and see the true context if he or she doesn't already know it.

Posted by: RMS70 | February 21, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, please check with your ex-boss whether he needs any help to clear the bushes in Crawford & clean the house in Dallas & go there. Don't torture the WP readers with your B/S.
Sharan Karen & Sue, What's wrong with you all. Women are supposed to be intelligent. Guess, there are exceptions to rules.

Posted by: sarvenk63 | February 21, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Why so snide? It is okay to disagree with Obama's policy but the title of your article shows you are just another neocon mudslinger. Obama has stated repeatedly that he will make mistakes and that the problems he is attacking are difficult to solve. He has tried to reach out but the Republican's angry white southern base don't want him to succeed. They yearn for the days of the belligerent, hateful, anti-government types that control the GOP.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | February 21, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama has accomplished more in one month than Bush (or Gerson, for that matter) have accomplished in their whole lifetimes.

I think I detect a bit of accomplishment-envy.

BTW, if the GOP is "ignited" by being proven to be dead wrong on every issue, then perhaps the better term to use might be "immolated".

Check your dictionary.


Posted by: WWWexler | February 21, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Gerson, you fit the old Mark Twain saying: Everything has its limit - iron ore cannot be educated into gold.

More salutary accomplishments in one month than your man had in 8 years

Why you are still around is a mystery to me.

Posted by: upperdeck4 | February 21, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"It is very early. But by this measure, Obama has not yet shown himself a strong leader of his party," says Gerson.

However, for the Republicans it is very late.

And, after eight years of Bush's weakness, incompetence and mismanagement (of which Gerson was a willing, witless part for six years), only 27% of registered voters are self-identified Republicans.

If they all get together for a last hurrah hardly anyone will care or notice.

What Gerson cannot admit is that he and his Republican goober brethren have become a annoying irrelevance. (Like a buzzing mosquito at an outdoor event.)

Why, as it plummets downward in sales and profitability, the Washington Post continues to employ someone as witless as Gerson is beyond comprehension.

The Washington Times is where he belongs -- and even there he would be a charity case.

Posted by: pali2500 | February 21, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

What world do you live in?

Your ex-boss crashed the world's economy.

It's one month of saving the world compared to eight years of wrecking the world.

How do you eve start to compare that?

Posted by: glenjo | February 21, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Without strong leadership, the Democratic Party can swiftly overspend, overreach, alienate Middle America and please liberal constituencies at the expense of the public interest."


BushCo (of which Gerson was a willing part for six seemingly-interminable years) gave America $10.35 TRILLION in new debt and obligations -- while watching median household decline, poverty rise, the dollar fall, the trade gap become a gulf, a quarter of America's manufacturing jobs disappear, while presiding over the lowest job creation on record.

How's that for "alienating middle America" and pleasing no one "at the expense of the public interest"?

Ignoring the fact that the money now being spent is an attempt to rescue and repair America from eight years of Republican inconpetence, neglect and predation, Gerson also lies when he suggests that America is alienated by President Obama's and the Democratic Party's actions:

"Overall, please tell me whether you approve, disapprove, or neither approve nor disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy."

Approve, 68%

[AP-GfK Poll, Feb. 12-17, 2009.]

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?"

Approve, 62%

[FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Feb. 17-18, 2009. Registered voters]

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democratic leaders in Congress are handling their job?"

Approve, 60%

[CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 7-8, 2009]

As usual, Gerson lives in an alternate universe where lies are the truth, up is down, and white is black. He can't help it, he's a "born again" goober.

Posted by: pali2500 | February 21, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations! Yes- Obama has really resurrected the cold stiff Gooper party. Funny that the polls show congressional goopers about as popular as offal in a punchbowl....

These gooper columns are symptoms of insanity- insisting that they are prosering as their limbs slowly dissolve and fall off. Nice job Gerson!

Posted by: rwcole | February 21, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The results of the Presidential Polls are in:

10. Ronald Reagan
11. Lyndon Johnson
15. Bill Clinton
18. George H.W. Bush
25. Jimmie Carter
36. George W. Bush


I guess you can't call Jimmie Carter the Worst President Ever.

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | February 21, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's how america views the political parties in congress:

Dems 48% approval

Goopers 33% approval

(average of recent polls from Pew and CBS)

Yer doin great goopers- keep it up- PLEASE! Gerson LOVES this result!

Posted by: rwcole | February 21, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

JungleJim123 wrote: Yep-- in one month he has paraded before the cameras and spent money more foolishly that any other President. Using Air Force One to fly one Senator in to sign for a bill that he claimed was such an emergency but he then took 4 days to sign it.

Good grief. Jim is a fine example of why Republicans get so much distain. President Obama promised he would post all bills long enough for the public to read them before signing. He violated that already and caught flak. Please get off the Jungle Gym and pay attention.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 21, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The Post is doin a great job of helping to blow life into the gooper party- First Krauthammer with is fictional account of the weakness of Obama foreign policy and now this. Nice going Post- you are enabling the dead end kids!

Posted by: rwcole | February 21, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't the Post have a "fiction" section in which to put these right wing columns?

Posted by: rwcole | February 21, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

where in the world do all you hate-mongers live? because i don't ever want to go there. the tone set by mr. gerson, mr. limbaugh (talk about drug users - sharonkay2009), hannity/o'reilly and the rest of the fox news propagandists is getting out of hand. tone it down. tone it down now.

your inciteful, hatefull diatribe is having disturbing consequences (as witnessed by the outright hate on this post)


Posted by: disillisioned | February 21, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Vintage Gerson; you can feel his naked longing for Obama's failure coming up through the screen, just as you could feel his unabashed adoration of everything Bush did. If Bush had proposed another massive stimulus package, Gerson would have snapped to attention and saluted it, because Bush was giving Americans back their self-respect by beating up on every runty little country that dared defy it. Therefore, nothing he did could be wrong.

It grows more obvious each day that Republicans not only will not assist Obama in his efforts to get the country back on the rails, they will actively oppose it. Remember that, if ever a Republican administration takes the helm again, and promptly calls for unity and bipartisanship. As for you, Obama, write off the Republicans and proceed on the assumption that they are the enemy, because they are.

The Washington Post must be run by lawyers. As rwcole suggests above, no other field of employment so thrives on manufactured controversy, and so despises peace and quiet. Lawyers make more money by dragging out the divorce and making the couple fight, just as the Post loves sticking its thumb in the Democratic eye on behalf of the Republicans. What cracks me up is that my American friends describe the Post as a "liberal rag".

Posted by: marknesop | February 21, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has not shown himself a strong leader of his party"...

The old conservative ideas that have brought us to economic hell ARE NOW great again, and will lead the conservatives to
great victory.

Of Gerson isn't the silliest little twit
writing on the sadly ailing Washington Post
it's not for trying.

My god, are there no standards at this paper?

Posted by: whistling | February 21, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
21 February 2009

Let me just ask conservative Republican pundit Michael Gerson one simple question: WHERE HAD HE BEEN DURING ALL THE EIGHT YEARS THAT GEORGE W. BUSH WAS PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES?

If he had not hibernated somewhere in Timbuktu or Bali, and witnessed what his idol George W. Bush did--pretty much like a drunken sailor--he would not now have the effrontery to say that the "Pelosi" stimulus package will "unify and encourage the Republican caucus on their defining ideological commitment: limited government."

"Limited government?"

Bill Clinton it was who succeeded not only in balancing the Federal budget, but more significantly, left a $5 trillion surplus after eight successful years in office.

And what did his successor George W. Bush do? He blithely incurred those humongous annual Federal budget deficits, year after profligate year, ranging from a low of $200 billion to a high of over $400 billion.

He not only squandered all of the $5 trillion surplus he inherited from Bill Clinton; he has increased the National Debt to the present level of over $10 trillion!

On his "Iraq Folly" alone, George W. has squandered the unbelievable total of over $1 trillion in direct and "indirect" costs. In the dying months of his administration, in Iraq he was still squandering some $12 billion month after profligate month. Why, that comes to a total of $144 billion in one year!

And hasn't Mr. Gerson heard about George W's massive new entitlement, the Prescription Drug Coverage which is now costing some $700 billion a year?

Talk about the Republicans' "defining commitment," limited government. That sounds very much like Orwellian-speak--if Mr. Gerson knows what that means.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | February 21, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Correct. Obama has failed to demonstrate leadership. He permitted Pelosi and Reid to take the reins on the stimulus bill while he gave only lip service to bipartisanship. He then escaped the Oval Office to adopt the "theatrical presence" that served him so well on the campaign trail. Once again, the voice, pauses, and hand gestures were nuanced beautifully, but Obama's doom-and-gloom message fell flat. Americans wanted to hear a concrete explanation of why the stimulus measures would help; instead, they heard merely generalizations that inspired fear and sabotaged hope. Obama needs to recognize that the campaign is over. He got the job and should now accept the consequence--work!

Posted by: judithod | February 21, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mr Gerson for always telling it like it is about Comrade Dictator for Life
Barack Hussein Obama,but do watch out or
Comrade Leader Big O will throw another one
of his terrible two year old temper tantrums at you and have his KGB Secret Police Thugs come arrest you and beat you up,just like Comrade Leader Big O is threatening to do our Big City Mayors as
well just to show his Chicago Tough side
to us all. Welcome to the USSA Obamastan
Comrades! Impeach Dictator Barack Obams!

Posted by: Karen2009 | February 21, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is a pious man. Piety, the American way, which blesses the bombing of women and children, enormous social inequity, state sponsored revenge killings and official subsidies for corporations.

Posted by: greystuul | February 21, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Those who support the President, whether they voted for him or not, must realize that Pelosi has been a loose cannon, if we place Barrack Obama as the party leader. Can we have a show of hands from those people that believe the stimulus package, as written by Pelosi, represents the spirit of what President Obama directed?
Please, let's see some thoughtful banter about this. What can the President do to better influence the democrats in congress? Has he learned his lesson now?

Posted by: primegrop | February 21, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

LADIES (Karen2009, Sue, SharonKay. et al):

aren't the "old" arguments of socialism moot when juxtaposed against the corporatist philosophy of the repubs? you support less competition with your corporatist polices......and with that corporatism comes collusion and corruption.

you obviously don't support capitalism (which needs more competition - not less as your policies promote) or you would allow rules - something ALL competition requires.

keep supporting less competition, gals. it probably makes your "balls" feel bigger.

Posted by: disillisioned | February 21, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

in the off chance anyone from the WP is paying attention may I offer the following: In case you haven't noticed lately our country is in a really serious muddle right now. We have just elected a new guy and he seems to be working hard to turn things around. With a few exceptions it seems to me what the Repub's in congress are doing is "just say no". Out here in the bonnies we really need the best new ideas & thoughts from across the political landscape so we at least participate in the turnaround process.
What do we get from the WP, a couple of partisan party hacks like Gerson and Kristol neither of whom has had an original idea or thought in decades. Surely, I mean surely you can find some Rpub's out there who can speak (or in this case write) in comprehensive sentences and would/must avoid the moronic, Bush apologist drivel we get from these two.

We really do need for you step up.

Posted by: hlw2003 | February 21, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has not shown himself a strong leader of his party"...


America disagrees.

"Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think it applies or doesn't apply to Barack Obama. . . ."

"Is a strong and decisive leader"

Applies, 80%

"Inspires confidence"

Applies, 75%

"Tough enough to handle a crisis"

Applies, 73%

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 18-19, 2009

Should we review George W(uss) Bush's numbers?

Posted by: pali2500 | February 21, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Gerson is a pathetic little man who found a house at WaPo through Fred Hiatt, the so-called editor of WaPo, and certifiable right-wing nutjob. So, it is no wonder that we are subjected to the ignorant twit several times a week.

Posted by: Gatsby1 | February 21, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

This is GREAT NEWS for Republicans!!

Posted by: BradW_S | February 21, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"But by this measure, Obama has not yet shown himself a strong leader of his party." ~ Gerson


The dufus does not seem to understand that Barack Obama was elected to be leader of the country -- not leader of the Democratic Party.

And the country thinks Barack Obama is doing just fine.

A poll taken just three days ago found that 80% of Americans find President Obama to be "a strong and decisive leader."

There is simply no excuse for someone as inept and disingenuous as Gerson to appear on the pages or the website of the Washington Post.

Posted by: pali2500 | February 21, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh! To see the fact that every one who bashed Obama and how he conducted himself in the White House; and others who backed him up for saying that this was his first month....cut him some slack! To be completely honest, I'm with the people who had Obama's back. This is clearly Obama's first month in the White House. to everybody who complained about how Obama conducted himself in the White House, they really need to be quiet and let the man do his job. Every pesident may screw up or do his job professionally in the first month. Just leave him alone and let him do his thing.

Posted by: chaniquafrazier | February 21, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Every time I read a Gerson column (less and less often) I come away with the same impressions. One, he is an idiot. Two, he is irrelevant. Why did the Post give this guy a job??? Krauthammer is a neo-conservative and Will is a traditional convervative. What is Gerson other than an apologist for George W., and a party hack??

Posted by: CPO71 | February 21, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

You wish Mr. Gerson. You wish.

Posted by: middlepath | February 21, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Note to SharonKay. Rush does it better. It's all empty BS, but he's a pro. You really shouldn't try it at home.

I didn't hear Obama say "Mission Accomplished" when he signed the stimulus bill. He has more humility in his little finger than the entire Bush clan.

P.S. Your boys lost every election on November 4 that it was remotely possible for them to lose. Take the hint.

Posted by: st50taw | February 22, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Republicans want Obama to fail so badly that if one of them were walking and saw someone dying, they'd kick them and let them die so they could blame Obama. After all, only fetuses matter to them.

Posted by: raduodogi | February 23, 2009 2:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, Mr. Gerson, but you continually beating the drum for a bunch of your tired old hobby horses doesn't count as Pres. Obama having "managed to resurrect a series of Republican issues once cold and dead".

I also find it troubling that you'd concentrate on cheap, content-free insults like "the Christmas wish list of a greedy child" and misrepresentations like the "condoms" dig against help to people who want family planning (including STD prevention) advice and help instead of discussing actual policies and policy alternatives.

Do you really hold yourself to such a low standard?

Posted by: sembtex | February 23, 2009 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Too bad Gerson can't return to reality if he ever knew what it was. AB

Posted by: jimsbier | February 23, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Solid analysis, Mr. Gerson. What I find striking about Obama is his absence from the Oval Office. He's never left campaign mode. Instead, he's hopping around in Air Force One, hosting parties, or taking "breaks" at Camp David or at home in Chicago. Is Obama afraid to sit down at his desk and tackle the job of governing?

Posted by: judithod | February 23, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Gerson is part of the GOP PRO SLAVERY Movement.

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | February 23, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

So, the party that brought wire taps, illegal torture, denied civil rights,wants to define marriage, restrict abortions and ignored the law is the one for limited government?

Hey ya'll, if you stop shouting "socialism" for a minute you'd find you've gone so far right you're facist: pro corporate, intense jingoist rehtoric, preserving the "homeland" and the right of goverment/BIg Brother trumps those of the civilians in the name of preserving these things.

Posted by: kreator6996 | February 24, 2009 5:35 AM | Report abuse

All I can say Mr. Gerson is that the vast majority of the american public disagrees with you.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 24, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The party that is anti-immigrant and indifferent toward impoverished Americans, a growing portion, is shaking its fist at an oncoming tornado of reform and tax dollars, going, not to the war-of-profit began by a bum who never worked a day in his alcoholic existence, but to fellow Americans in need.

Posted by: sperrico | February 24, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Well. Michael, the Dow's up 200 today.

Are you offering credit for that, or is Obama to be held responsible for every market downturn, but to receive credit for nothing?

Yesterday it was all Obama's fault that the market was down on the day AIG went under again and came back to Washington to beg.

Obama's got a better track record than your slavish brown-nosing to Wall street.

Posted by: lonquest | February 24, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

ShgaronKay - So did you wince each time that your hero Bush took a trip on Air Force 1 or is the wasteful use of it just an Obama deal. I get the fact that you don't really like that Obama is our President. But your long tirades are getting very old.

Posted by: gjkbear | February 24, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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