Thin Skinned?

What we seem to have learned about the young President is that when things don’t go well for him he returns to the old partisan candidate that we saw on the campaign trail. Not bad when running for office but not what you expect from President. Too bad it looks like the change he was looking for in Washington should begin with him.

President Obama has shown the dent in his shield. He’s sensitive about what people think of him. That’s understandable since there was very little negative coverage of him during the campaign. In addition, he had so much money he could drown out any negative questions about him. The networks and the mainline newspapers had to admit after the election they’d been a little slanted towards Obama in their coverage. You can’t blame them. As then-Senator Biden said during the campaign, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

The video example I have chosen shows not only that he’s not afraid, even as President, to continue to place the blame for his failure to get a bill passed squarely on the shoulders of “W” (not that in some cases its not deserved) but it’s not very Presidential and it’s clearly not very bi-partisan, and its definitely not setting a new tone.


If his definition of bi-partisan is agreeing with him after he speaks, it’s the wrong message. If this is what we can expect for the next four years it’s gunna seem like, in the words of Nancy Pelosi, like we are subjects of the King.

By the way … here is the budget deficit when Bush handed over the economy … $482 billion (projected) and Obama wants to add $1 trillion to it. That ain’t W or as Lindsey Graham says here … “Bush didn’t write this bill.”

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. toolboy on February 6, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Instead of traveling in Airfoce One 150 miles and boastig about it,what about Marine One the helicopter or the Cadillac Limo…let's chip in and get him the Prius he wants all  of us to have.Let's give all Washington a pay cut to experience what the American people are facing.Lindsay Graham is now my adopted Senator!!!

  2. Dimsdale on February 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    So don't come to the table with the same government meddling that got us into this mess?  Yeah, right.  He only means "don't look to me to cut taxes.  Tax and spend, yes.  Tax cuts, no."  

    If you are headed for a cliff, sometimes you just stop.  Turning hard left won't do it.

    Would someone please tell this man that he does not have a mandate.  He had a fairly slim majority.  And he is already tired of criticism?   Hey BO: you better get some meat on those bones and a thick skin to go with it.  But what can you expect from a guy that got upset because someone made a remark about this ears?

    Does the One actually believe that there is nothing that couldn't be carved out of a 700 page bill?  Is he really that naïve?  Can you say "babe in the woods?"

  3. Erik Blazynski on February 7, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Wow How did I miss this.  "Same tired ideas that created this crisis?"   

    These are very troubling comments.  Barack Obama does not have the fundamental understand of how we got into this crisis.  BARACK OBAMA's policies ARE EXACTLY WHAT GOT US INTO THIS MESS!!!!  

    We got into this mess becasue banks lent money to people that should not have been lent money, and now the government is encouraging banks to lend money to people that the banks do not feel are credit worth.  So who is touting the same old policies? You have got to be kidding me.  His policies are simply an intensification of the FAILED policies Bush/Bernake/Greenspan/Clinton.  

    This guy is a joke, he has not been paying attention for the last 15 years. How does that get applause, people are so stupid. I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!!


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