Monday, May 3, 2010
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One thing you've got to say about Barack Obama is that he is remarkably consistent. When it comes to issues that few people even think are issues, he treats them with such breathless urgency that he demands Congress vote on bills without even reading them...such as healthcare, climate change, and financial regulation.
Yet if there's an issue that everyone agrees is an emergency, the president is slow to react - if he reacts at all. Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? No rush! Record unemployment? It's number 53 on his "to do" list. Millions of illegal immigrants causing economic hardship to the states? He'll get around to it when there's an appetite. Iranian nukes? Hey, what's the worst that could happen?
It seems that "urgency" is determined solely by whether or not it's something Obama wants to do. If it's something that needs to be done, well, there will be other presidents who can do the grunt work someday.