This Time article which seems to say Obama isn’t up to it in reality is just critizing his style, it is still Bush’s fault. Obama just isn’t saying the right things, in the right way. Here is what Halperin has to say:
Most of Obama’s private (and sometimes public) rebuttals to the voices slamming him on all sides are justified or spot on. He did inherit a lot of problems from the Bush Administration. He did act quickly in the initial weeks of his Administration to stave off a worldwide depression. His efforts at job creation have been obstructed by Republicans (even the proposals based on policies supported by the GOP in the past). His opponents haven’t put forth specifics of their own, nor offered genuine compromise, while the media have allowed the right’s activists and gabbers to run wild with criticism without furnishing legitimate alternative solutions.
See, he is doing his best. Here’s more, it’s all our fault.
But Obama has exacerbated his political problems not just by failing to enact policies that would have actually turned the economy around, but also by authorizing a series of tactical moves intended to demonize Republicans and distract from the problems at hand. He has wasted time lambasting his foes when he should have been putting forth his agenda in a clear, optimistic fashion, defending the benefits of his key decisions during the past two years (health care and the Troubled Asset Relief Program, for example) and explaining what he would do with a re-elected Democratic majority to spur growth.
Poor man, it’s not his fault. We made him spend time blaming others. Blame Bush, blame Republicans, blame Rush, Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, blame anyone else, just don’t ever admit there is a president in office who has an agenda that is against the great nation he leads.
Read the article here.