[N]ow in 2010, Obama is well on his way to becoming the anti-glamour president. Americans from across the political spectrum are assuming the worst, that he doesn’t share their values or beliefs — even when it’s his stated position.
Republicans and, increasingly independents, think Obama is a left-wing radical bent on a vastly expanding government and bankrupting the country in the process. Many on his left flank think he’s a coward, a corporate stooge, or both.
From the tea party-GOP perspective, Obama has passed a $1 trillion pork-laded stimulus that hasn’t worked, seized GM and tried to nationalize health care while also passing the growing-killing agenda of greens and unions — all in a highly partisan fashion.
From the left’s vantage point, Obama lacks principles — or is unwilling to fight for them. They see Wall Street bailouts and sleazy deals with drugmakers and other medical industries. Cap and trade is going nowhere; nor is Big Labor’s card check bill. Unions also are smarting from the Senate’s Tuesday rejection of ally Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. Oh, and Gitmo is still open and Obama has doubled down on Afghanistan.
Enter the BusinessWeek interview, in which Obama casually said he doesn’t “begrudge” the huge bonuses of the “savvy” heads of Goldman Sachs (GS) and JPMorgan (JPM). He said it’s part of the free market system and noted that some to baseball players are paid more.
Left-liberals are appalled. “Obama Still Doesn’t Get It,” ran the headline of one Huffington Post entry. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman wrote simply: “Oh.My.God.”