Jackson Diehl on Obama three weeks ago:
Washington has spent the past couple of weeks debating whether Barack Obama’s ambitious agenda and political strategy are more comparable to those of Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan. Oddly, hardly anyone is talking about the ways in which Obama is beginning to resemble the man who just vacated the White House.[…..]
So Obama hasn’t strayed far from Karl Rove’s playbook for routing the opposition.
Jackson Diehl on Obama today:
For many around the world, Obama’s diplomacy will certainly look like a refreshing change from that of George W. Bush. Yet in Washington, some may compare it to his handling of early domestic legislation, where he has allowed congressional Democrats to take control and set priorities. Is the new president shrewd and pragmatic about using his power at home and abroad — or too passive, even weak? That’s a question worth weighing as he heads back to Washington.
So he’s gone from Rovian power monger to passive weakling in three weeks? He was too much like Bush last month and now he’s not enough like Bush?
Only in Georgetown…