Being the leader of the free world is without doubt a difficult job, but no one has made it look more so than the current administration.
After less than two months in office, President Obama, the “Yes, we can” man is already “overwhelmed.”
At least that was the reason given for the shabby treatment the Obama administration gave British Prime Minister Gordon Brown when he visited last week. Not only did the President fail to provide a high profile press event for our closest ally, but he presented him with inexpensive gifts showing little thought or consideration.
The recent incident with the British prime minister is only one example of the recent problems the Obama administration has experienced in their less than two months in office.
In the first week in office the President signed an executive order banning lobbyists from the administration, only to turn around the next day and issue a waiver for a lobbyist to serve in his administration. Although he condemned John McCain over and over again during the campaign for his lobbyist ties and promised no lobbyists would find a job in his White House, he has now appointed over a dozen other lobbyists to key positions in the administration.
The failure to effectively vet administration nominees was seen when an embarrassing number of nominees were withdrawn from consideration due to tax problems. Even more embarrassing, others with similar problems were confirmed, including new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
Those examples of incompetence and broken promises are not nearly as troubling as some of the other problems in these first several weeks of the administration though.
President Obama’s approach to bipartisan outreach was evident in a comment he made during a philosophical debate over tax policy. In the session with congressional Democrats and Republicans he said he would prevail because "I won." Soon thereafter congressional Democrats effectively shut Republicans out of conference negotiations on the bill.
In a broken promise for transparency, President Obama and the Democrat majority Congress violated their 48 hour review rule by allowing only one night to read the 1400 page so-called stimulus bill before voting on it.