After 100 Days, Obama Remains Elusive
Depending who you ask, Obama is 'elusive,' 'arrogant,' or 'preening'
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2009 10:32 AM CDT
Yes, President Obama has begun withdrawing troops from Iraq as he promised. But he has also made moves to increase US presence in Afghanistan, something even George Bush didn't do.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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(Newser) – Whoever the man in the Oval Office really is, he's not a traditional liberal, writes Gerald Seib in the Wall Street Journal. Rather than aiming to bolster government programs, President  Obama "seems to see government as the way to prompt the changes he wants in the economy or society." But not all Republican writers are as ambivalent:

  • The Democrats, and Obama especially, are full of "liberal arrogance," writes Jonah Goldberg for the National Review. Goldberg bristles at the implication that his fellow conservatives are " going the way of the dodo."
  • The editors of the National Review find something to be happy about: Obama "has given the conservative portions of the country a new energy and a new unity."