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Carla Marinucci writes in the San Francisco Chronicle: "With the president preparing to go on his own public offensive -- with a campaign-style trip to job-strapped Indiana on Monday followed by his first prime-time news conference -- political observers say the tough sledding for the president and vicious partisan tug-of-war provide clear evidence that the post-inaugural reality check has hit Obama, for real.

"'You're new, you're exciting, you're from outside Washington and you're beating up the status quo -- and suddenly, you're no longer the change,' said Bill Whalen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. 'You're the next target.'"

By Dan Froomkin  |  February 9, 2009; 12:12 PM ET
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Glad to see Obama back on the "campaign trail", considering it seems to be the only thing he's decent at.

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | February 9, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Obama has been Washington as a Senator for a couple of years. Obama watched the previous administration operate, and watched the absurd Clinton-bashing of the 90s. And Obama is way smarter than I am.

Yet I knew that this "tough sledding" was going to happen. It was totally, utterly predictable.

Why would anyone think that Obama has been surprised, or caught off-guard by the Republican intransigence or attacks?

"The post-inaugural reality check has hit"? Maybe for the DC pundits, watching Obama change the way business is done....

Note that the audience in Elkhart Indiana applauded for pretty much every single line that would have gotten my East Coast liberal applause.

Who's zooming who?

Posted by: wapo10 | February 9, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

My sense is that pretty much everyone in Washington is a teeny bit disoriented.

Even veteran political nihilists like Gingrich are disoriented. McCain is disoriented. And old too.

Obama is a little disoriented. But he's young and popular. He's not needy.

He'll succeed in Washington, among the usual suspects, to the extent regular Americans perceive that he is helping them to achieve their hopes and dreams.

Posted by: paxr55 | February 9, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The Stanford Hoover Institution whose website mentions an ADL honor for Stanford's former president, Condi. Torture Yoo at Cal Berkeley Law. This is not the Left Coast that I remember.

Posted by: Patriot3 | February 9, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Finally, we have an intelligent and not corrupt president. It is truly refreshing and what do you expect the Repugnican'ts to do? Of course they'll cause a problem. They appear to be acting like spoiled brats.

Posted by: sailorflat | February 9, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Mr. Frooomkin is losing readersship based on the comments I saw on several of todays posts. Maybe he should go back to old format which was much faster and easier for folks to download. Most people will just stop at one of the half dozen posts and say piss on it , too much effort for a couple small paragraphs. Dont know what Dans trying to do here but from what I hear most people dont like this format. I hope he is big enough to go back to the better format. Or is he just a decider like W.??

Posted by: waawaazaire | February 9, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

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