- “The president's problem isn't that he is too visible; it's the lack of content in what he says when he keeps showing up on the tube”.
- “Obama can seem a mite too impressed with his own aura, as if his presence on the stage is the answer.”
- “There is, at times, a self-referential (even self-reverential) tone in his big speeches.”
- “They are heavily salted with the words "I" and "my."
- “There is only so much political mileage that can still be had by his reminding the world that he is not George W. Bush.”
- “Obama seems to think he'll get credit for the breathtaking scope of his ambition. But unless he sees results, it will have the opposite effect—diluting his clout, exhausting his allies, and emboldening his enemies.”
“The result is a 10-year, trillion-dollar contraption full of political risk and unintended consequences for a health-care system that constitutes one sixth of the economy. Many of the people who will benefit directly from the reforms, the uninsured, don't vote. Insurance premiums will continue to shoot up for most of us; Democrats fret that they will be blamed for those increases in the 2010 elections. Some regulations on the industry kick in immediately, but most don't begin until at least 2013. And yet, to allow the bill to "save" money in the first decade, most new taxes and fees go into effect immediately. "We're collecting money before we're giving all the benefits!" lamented a Democratic senator facing reelection. "That is a political disaster."
“For now, he is safely behind a blast wall, since many of the law's features wouldn't come into play until his second term, if he has one.”