New York Times: The Caucus Blog | Michael Shear | President Obama Looks Forward — and BackYou have got to be kidding me. Everyone with the slightest familiarity with the federal procurement process was screaming that there was no such thing as a shovel-ready project. I myself wrote about how it took the GSA three months just to draft a letter to other government agencies letting them know that the GSA was ready to start handling their "stimulus" projects. Three months just to let people know they were primed and ready to spring into action!
In the magazine article, Mr. Obama reflects on his presidency, admitting that he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat,” realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects”
And this business about letting himself look like a big spender? That's like me saying I made a mistake letting myself look like a cranky 20-something libertarian grad student geek. I look that way because that's what I am.
This article is full of other howlers from the Barackstar. Here's the lead, for instance:
President Obama said that he expected Republicans to offer him more cooperation after November’s elections, no matter the outcome.If by that he means he expects to have to do things closer to their way than he has had to the last two years, then, yes, obviously. When your opponents gain strength they don't have to start cooperating with you, you have to start cooperating with them.
In a similar vein:
He also predicted that in the next two years, his administration would focus less on trying to pass new legislation and more on implementing and consolidating what passed in the first two years.That's the political equivalent of the guy who gets fired saying he's looking forward to "spending more time with my family."
(Via Greg Mankiw)