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  •  i always thought he was scared to the bones (8+ / 0-)

    when he inherited the economic collapse and decided to stick to what he thought had worked, or at least he was afraid of new blood, of striking out on a new tack...something like that.  

    i think obama was overwhelmed by what he inherited.

    “And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.” ― William Gibson, Count Zero (-9.75 / -9.05)

    by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 08:08:07 PM PDT

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    •  Anyone would have been overwhelmed. (6+ / 0-)

      But, I know you didn't mean that in a disparaging way.
      Your theory makes sense to me.
      Iirc bush and cheney checked out after the election and obama's team was much given a freer hand than typical incoming administrations have to turn things around.
      Like unprecedented to be in there before the inaugaration...
      Please, anyone, correct me if I'm wrong about this.

      •  no, you're not. (13+ / 0-)

        obama went from a grueling primary race, to a general election  and immediately rolled up his sleeves and got to work the second week of november.

        when all of that came tumbling down with the market, i thought 'damn,economics (on that level) is not his strong suit'  and  'well there goes the whole agenda we thought would happened in the first term - the health care bill, esp.'

        i think he deviated quite a bit from what he intended just to assume the burden of a world economy in shatters, and he  just did  it conservatively,  took a safe path, because economics is not just his strength.  

        i'd love to see him undertake some fdr-style actions this term, but first term he had geithner whispering in his ear 'don't listen to the paul krugmans of the world, don't do this or that '.

        and he listened because  he knew one false move on his part and the whole global house of cards would go down.  that's where the grey hairs come from, i think.

         

        “And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.” ― William Gibson, Count Zero (-9.75 / -9.05)

        by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:15:04 PM PDT

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      •  I remember distinctly the faces of ... (19+ / 0-)

        ... George Bush and his Vice-Marshals of the Economy as the news hit about the massive failures and the start of the Great Recession. They were scared shitless. I've never seen President Obama with nearly that lack of confidence. The read-fear-on-my-face anxiety. My guess is that he believes it would seem "unpresidential" and leaders can't afford to act like that.

        Still, the economy was at a desperate over-the-cliff moment, and I'm glad people remember that. The fear from the Bush Administration was palpable, but not from Obama's. I was scared with Bush at the helm -- and I don't scare often -- but I felt much better when Obama took the wheel.  

        If the Tea Party had swept in in 2008, how many tens of millions would be in bread lines now? I don't know, but I believe it would've been catastrophic.  

        I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

        by Tortmaster on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:21:27 PM PDT

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        •  i don't think obama had fear on his face either. (3+ / 0-)
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          he's too cool for that.  he holds it all together too well to falter like that.

          to get obama in there was like the cavalry finally arriving!

          i was scared when bush became president anbd didn'tstop feeling anormous anxiety until he departed.

          but that's nothing compared to what i'd be feeling right now if romney was winning!

             

          “And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.” ― William Gibson, Count Zero (-9.75 / -9.05)

          by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 10:29:35 PM PDT

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