How Long a Honeymoon?

By Dan Froomkin
2:34 PM ET, 01/21/2009

Adam Nagourney writes in the New York Times that “there is evidence that, enthusiastic though the public is about the change in power, there are no expectations of quick fixes. The cascade of grim economic news, combined with the calculatedly sober tone Mr. Obama has adopted, has provided him something of a cushion… .

“A Times/CBS News poll conducted last week offered at least some guidance for the Obama Expectations Clock. Most respondents said they thought it would take Mr. Obama two years or more to deliver on campaign promises to improve the economy, expand health care coverage and end the war in Iraq.”

Dan Balz, writing in The Washington Post, suggests a possibly shorter timetable: “People do not expect miracles or quick solutions to problems that they recognize are enormously complicated,” he writes, before adding: “That may change in coming months, depending on how the economy responds to the stimulus package and how sure-footed Obama is in handling the world’s problems.”

And Jim VandeHei and John F. Harris of Politico decide not to wait even a day, listing “seven reasons for healthy skepticism” about Obama. Among them is that “recent history teaches us to be wary of the larger-than-life Washington figures supposedly striding across history’s stage.”

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