This’ll infuriate or amuse any right-winger who reads it. But take a look at Bob Herbert’s op-ed in today’s New York Times. Herbert, who has been fed up with Obama for some time now, says the President has been too meek in advancing the liberal/progressive agenda he is accused of harboring:
Mr. Obama’s problem — and the nation’s — is that in the midst of the terrible economic turmoil that the country was in when he took office, he did not make full employment, meaning job creation in both the short and the long term, the nation’s absolute highest priority.
Obama missed his opportunity, says Herbert. And now?
The country is a mess. The economy is horrendous, and millions of American families are running out of ammunition in their fight against destitution. Steadily increasing numbers of middle-class families, who never thought they’d be seeking charity, have been showing up at food pantries.
The war in Afghanistan, with its dreadful human toll and debilitating drain on the nation’s financial resources, is proceeding as poorly as ever. As The Times reported on Friday, an ambitious operation that was supposed to showcase the progress of the Afghan Army turned into a tragic, humiliating debacle.
And while schools are hemorrhaging resources because of budget meltdowns, and teachers are losing jobs, and libraries are finding it more and more difficult to remain open, American youngsters are falling further behind their peers in other developed countries in their graduation rates from colleges and universities.
Bottom line: It’s not just conservatives who are pissed at Obama. He’s getting it from all sides.