Over the past few weeks, there’s been a lot of discussion of Obama becoming a “triangulator” a la Clinton. I get a bit sick of buzzwords like that, but I do wonder if the next 6 years will be nothing but school uniforms and Vchips and “welfare reform”, punctuated by government shutdowns and impeachment proceedings.
FWIW, I do think there may be one difference (besides a much worse economy): Steve Benen points out that Obama still says that keeping the tax rates so low for the wealthy is a bad idea, but that he had to go along with it to get a deal from Republicans.
I don’t remember Clinton saying things like that, I remember him being enthusiastic about whatever legislation he was signing.
I’m not sure this is an important stylistic difference, but it seems to me that it is a genuine stylistic difference.