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Roses and Thorns

Over at my White House Watchers group, I've issued you readers a challenge.

At dinnertime, the Obama family plays a game called "Roses and Thorns": Everyone takes a turn describing one good thing that happened that day (rose) and one low moment or tough problem they had to deal with (thorn).

So let's play a modified version. I would like each of you to describe one good thing that Obama has done, and one bad thing he has done. That's right, everyone has to do one of each – no matter how you feel about the man.

OK? Well, get posting!

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 13, 2009; 12:22 PM ET
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Obama consistently acts in terms of the well-being of the general population and not simply the well-connected. For this, many many roses are in order.

Very poor treatment of some very fine people, especially Howard Dean -- also Wes Clark, who is valuable. Totally unacceptable to allow speech writer who felt up Hillary cut-out to continue living. Adolescent, snarky! Boo Hiss.

Posted by: msmellick | March 13, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Rose - an agressive budget outline that will, if enacted, move the U.S. to a better place.

Thorn - not immediately and firmly repudiating warrantless wiretapping. Second only to not beginning investigations of the Bush Administrations allegedly unconstitutional behavior.

Posted by: kcsphil | March 13, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse


put rationalizing health care on the agenda


backtracked on his longstanding position in favor of a single payer national health care system like those enjoyed by the rest of the developed capitalist world and contemplated long ago under the New Deal, thus insuring continued profiteering at our expense by parasitic profit seekers with ulterior motives, aka private health insurance companies

Posted by: andyk2 | March 13, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Nominated Tom Daschle, the experienced, committed, inteligent, well-connected, achiever to oversee health care reform.

Nominated Tom Daschle, the two-faced, tax-dodging, insider, lobbyist to oversee health care reform.

Posted by: ath28 | March 13, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Finally doing something about Guantanomo and torture.

Denying claims to Bush unitary executive.

Pushing stimulus bill.

Doing nothing about warrantless wiretapping, Patriot Act and other such nonsense.

Including $280 billion in tax cuts in stimulus bill- the nation would be better off with more infrastructure, science and education investments.

Posted by: boscobobb | March 13, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse


Speaks well-and that's it! He is showing everyday that is totally unqualified for this job. I guess everyone simply overlooked that fact during the elections...we now have the least experienced/qualified president in our country's history.


How about a billion dollars an hour so far. That is how much he has spent...not a great start. How about lies on top of lies? No tax increases, wait, yes I guess we will have to raise taxes. No more earmarks, wait, I'll stop earmarks after I get all of mine signed into law. No set time for withdrawal of troops, oops, I forgot I said that before. I will be fiscally responsible, hey, can I start that after this year? I really need to spend more than all of our leaders since the
founding fathers (combined) in my first 2 months.

Tell everyone that you will provide free healthcare. Kindly forget to tell them that it will cost them much more than they spend now for healthcare. Also, please omit the fact that no one who lives under nationalized healthcare likes it. Never remind them that people pay to come here for medical services...why is that?

Oh, by the way, can you insult and tick off our most prominent ally too? That would be awesome!

I am not impressed with Obama yet.

Posted by: TheOneFisher | March 16, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

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