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Obama Being Labeled as Weak, Cold, Indecisive

By Jim Meyers   |   Monday, 30 Nov 2009 01:15 PM

One year into Barack Obama’s presidency, his talent for controlling his image seems to be faltering and several anti-Obama storylines are gaining momentum, Politico observed on Monday.

And these storylines are serious threats to Obama if they become widely held views on his actions and motives.

Politico listed seven storylines Obama should worry about:

  • He thinks he’s playing with Monopoly money. Obama underestimated the political consequences of appearing to be a profligate spender. Passage of healthcare reform that is weak on cost control will exacerbate the problem.

  • Too much Leonard Nimoy. Several columnists have compared Obama to Mr. Spock of “Star Trek” in that he employs logic without a grasp of the human dimensions of policy.

  • That’s the Chicago way. The perception is that the Obama White House is dominated by brass-knuckled politicians who want to buy off the people Obama can and “bowl over those he can’t,” Politico.com noted.

  • He’s a pushover. Obama backed down to Democrats on a healthcare vote and to the Israeli government on a settlement freeze, and some insiders “are starting to whisper that he’s a patsy,” the Web site reported.

  • He’s more interested in being President of the World than President of the United States and is comfortable with a relative decline in American influence in the world.

  • President Pelosi. Some Republicans and journalists have concluded that Speaker Pelosi’s achievements outshine Obama’s or come at his expense.

  • He’s in love with the man in the mirror. It’s a common theme in Washington that he is over-exposed.

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