From what I`ve heard (from friends and others) and read, it`s not really a surprise that in general those who like Obama have expressed primarily positive feelings about his Leno appearance and those who don`t like the President convey negative opinions of his appearance.
I`m a BIG fan of Obama - and whether the actions of Congress and the administration during the last 61 days are deemed good or bad; at least action is being taken to change/improve the situation the country is now facing. Which is much more than I feel the previous administration was doing during most of 2008 as it coasted out of office as a lame duck administration. I appreciate the fact that Obama is accessible - to the media, to the public, to Congress and in public forums like Leno. For God`s sake, Bush wouldn`t even answer questions from the media during most of his last term - he wouldn`t even hold press conferences. I had absolutely no respect for that man - and was embarrassed by his presidency whenever I traveled around the world.
The US is in deep sh*t . Obama may be quaking in his boots with the overwhelming problems of the country and the responsibility he faces as its leader. However, I find it comforting - and very appropriate - that our president can put on a calm, reassuring, and intelligent public face, and even joke about things, during this time. A constant feed of media doom and gloom doesn`t do anyone any good. It was great to be in the Caribbean the first 2+ weeks of this month with no television, no radio and no newspapers.
Like many, I did cringe due to Obama`s comment about the Special Olympics. It was a careless and poorly thought out comment - like many statements by former Republican AND Democratic presidents. The man is human; not a God; and he`s going to make mistakes and say things that may be inappropriate or taken out of context throughout his presidency.
Historically the media (and others) have given many former presidents the first 100 days of a term to establish policy, set procedures and accomplish some goals before coming down on the Chief Executive. In what seems to be the most difficult economic situation in US history, I saw much of the media, Congress and many individuals I know not even giving the guy a couple weeks. It`s been just over 60 days and I think it`s really unrealistic that the incredible problems of this nation would be anywhere near being solved at this point.
I think it is incredibly unfortunate the the US is in a situation where they are bailing out banks, insurance companies, automakers and others at all. It probably would have done some good to have a few of the big corporations simply go under. Besides - where`s my bailout? I still have to pay all my bills and try to make a living running my business. I do think it`s unrealistic to think that Obama, or individual members of his administration, have to literally "babysit" every move of the asshats running these corporations.
Any president can only accomplish so much himself. Most true change has to muck its way through the tar pit we refer to as Congress. Personally I feel that most members of Congress - Republican, Democrat and Independent - are total asses truly only concerned with their next election. I think we will see quite a few - of all party affiliations - not getting re-elected in their next campaigns if they don`t start working together for the better of the entire country - instead of lobbyists, campaign donors, special interests and individual district constituents.
I guess the short answer was: Yes, I enjoyed Obama on Leno and thought it was completely appropriate.
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