Friday, March 26, 2010

Good week for Obama

President Obama is heading to Camp David for a much deserved break. It's been quite a week. This morning he agreed to a new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia and of course last night the health insurance reform bill finally passed its last hurdle. Less mentioned is the college financial aid reform that took big banks out of middleman position for student loans and some good progress was made on re-regulating the financial industry.

There was also some forward movement on Don't Ask Don't Tell, a jobs bill passed that includes funding for infrastructure projects, there's a strong proposal to improve aid to struggling homeowners fighting foreclosure and he pretty much put the Israeli PM in his place after Israel's slap in the face to Biden during his tour of the middle east.

This is why I get impatient with people who question his motives. Sure most of this stuff is to some extent going to benefit big business in one way or the other, but jebus, being President is a complicated job. You're the guy everybody goes to with their hand out and everybody bitches out when they don't get exactly what they want. Looking back on previous presidents, I still think we're getting better policy than we have in a long time. I don't think I've ever seen a more attentive and engaged President in my lifetime. The man works hard, every day, with barely a break. He deserves some big props for that, not just relentless criticism.

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