You may get away with calling President Obama “Barry,” but don’t call him “Jimmy”—as in Carter, the Times of London reports. Anxious to characterize Obama as weak at home and inexperienced abroad, Republicans have seized on the comparison first made by Hillary Clinton supporters during the primaries. “Carter had the same belief in naïve symbolism,” says a GOP consultant.
But with 75% of voters “confident” Obama will bring “real change” to Washington—an increase of 9 points since November—a Democratic operative insists, “He is no Jimmy Carter.” Still, with Obama’s faltering plans to revive the economy, Republicans sense weakness. “If the stimulus package doesn’t work, it is Obama’s failure. It’s got his name on it,” said the consultant.