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Steve Chaggaris reports for CBS News: "It's 50 days into the Barack Obama presidency and in the age of the Internet, 24-hour cable news and instant analysis, the world is being treated to an examination of the Obama presidency to date...

"Seven weeks into his presidency and Mr. Obama is still learning 'how to run the Executive Branch,' said CBS News Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley. 'He's barely found the bathroom down the hall' and now he's being deluged with report cards of his nascent presidency."

ABC's Jake Tapper reports: "Well, you can disagree with what President Obama has done, but cannot accuse him of his dragging his feet. His first 50 days have been marked by action on nearly every issue under the sun. Of course, for his critics, that's exactly the problem."

Fox News's Sean Hannity recaps the mishaps of "the presidency of the annointed one, the messiah, Barack Obama."

And Karl Rove (via Hotline) says on Hannity's show: "They have got too much on their plate. They are not focused on the important things. They have got a decision-making structure that doesn't appear to stay focused on the big things. And they have failed to put people in place in critical agencies, particularly the Treasury Department....You know, it's 50 days, so you can't expect them to get everything right and get everything done. But, on the other hand, when it comes to the economy, they are off to, I think, a bad start."

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 11, 2009; 12:06 PM ET
 
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Evidently every remark Karl Rove makes is intended to strike a blow in favor of some extreme right-wing political position (typically espoused by whoever is paying him). We've already had the misfortune to see Rove's ideas for governing America put into practice. So if he says Obama's administration is unfocused and off to a bad start, that must mean Obama is doing a brilliant job.

Posted by: SeattleVoter | March 11, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Two meta narratives are emerging:

The first,as evidenced by your headline,is that the Obama Admin is being evaluated with the depth of holding the thumb down on the TV remote and analyzing the channels as they whiz by.

The second is that there is a default assumption of disagreement with the O Admin, and that this is legitimate, although no evidence in support is provided.

In other words, the reptilian lizard brain stem is the sole part of the brain being used instead of the higher order processing mechanisms which deal with evidence, complexity, nuance, judgment and decision-making.

The media is "leaving the baby baking in the backseat" (see the WaPo Sunday Magazine story on the neurological functioning that allows normally loving, and attentive parents to forget babies in rear car seats to their demise). But in this case, if the media was acting within any established journalism code of ethics, it would be able to overcome this gross inattentiveness and would return to evidence and fact gathering.

Posted by: Nequals1 | March 11, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

There is an old saying,"the dogs bark, but the caravan passes on." I have more faith in President Obama than in any of his critics. He is responsible to set the policies and pursue them in all areas of the administration's responsibility. The critics have no responsibility to do anything, and the freedom to complain about everything. Most of the Republican critics want him to fail so they can get back in control, though only Rush Limbaugh is honest enough to say so. As others have pointed out, members of Congress have a different agenda from Obama's, but I like his better. So far as intellect and common sense are concerned, I think you could put the Congress and the bloggers and the critics on one side of the scales and Obama on the other, and his side would outweigh theirs.

Posted by: dschwa2222 | March 11, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Why does everthing have to be a fight? It appears that our federal government has become a cheap wrestling match. Obama is at least doing SOMETHING with our Federal government. When I hear opponents voice opposition to spending federal dollars to help those who are not filthy rich, I remember that that was a matter of course for George W. Bush. HELLO!

Posted by: sailorflat | March 11, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Um, he hasn't cut any brush. None. Is that a good thing or a bad thing, inside the Beltway?

Posted by: dickdata | March 11, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. I thought Sean Hannity's anointed one, the messiah, was George W. Bush. Obama, unlike his predessor, hasn't claimed that God meant for him (Bush) to be this nation's leader. Or does Mr. Hannnity have a sense of irony?

Posted by: MillPond2 | March 11, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it really be news if Karl Rove liked something, anything the Obama administration were doing? Reporting that Mr. Rove thinks President Obama is "off to a bad start" is like reporting that NIST's atomic clock just struck another second. It's background noise at best.

Posted by: DigiMark | March 12, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Now that priorities are in sharp relief, expressed in the policies going forward from the White House, one can see that the Bush administration was all about self-interest (all those no-bid contracts for Halliburton were just the tip of the iceberg), and the Obama administration is about what's good for the country as a whole. The Republicans keep chanting, no taxes and no rules for the rich and for corporations, while Obamans try to level the playing field. Do the Republicans really think Americans want to go back to war-terror-threats-torture-suspension of the
Constitution? Or spend our money on our own nation and people?
I mean, duh. Seriously.

Posted by: shaman7214 | March 12, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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