Obama Is Acting Like an Amateur—or a Candidate

Lack of experience might matter after all
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2009 11:27 AM CST
President Barack Obama smiles on stage while speaking at a town hall meeting to discuss the economy, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers, Fla.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – The stuttering start of Barack Obama’s presidency has been a regular amateur hour, writes Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post. He’s failed to assert his authority on the stimulus, apologized for other people’s tax mistakes, and even held bizarre campaign-like events in Indiana and Florida. “Absent is maturity—that grown-up quality of leadership that is palpable when the real deal enters a room.”

As he worked the crowd in Elkhart, it was clear that “Obama wants too much to be liked.” But presidents have to give up being liked—it’s the price of the job. Last week Obama looked younger, less formed, even haunted. “Had he been visited by the ghosts of Christmas future?” Parker wonders. “Or had he looked into the eyes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and realized that he was not among friends?”