Compare these words from January 20, 2009:
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
...with these words of 5 February at a Democrats only Congressional conference at a posh resort in Williamsburg, VA:
If we do not move swiftly to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, an economy that is in crisis will be faced with catastrophe. Millions more Americans will lose their jobs. Home will be lost. Families will go without health care. Our crippling dependence on foreign oil will continue. That is the price of inaction.
And then he attacks the previous administration and the other side.
Stabbing hard at Republicans who once aligned themselves with his predecessor, Obama made it clear that the problems he seeks to address with his recovery plan weren’t ones of his making.
“When you start hearing arguments, on the cable chatter, just understand a couple of things,” he said. “No. 1, when they say, ‘Well, why are we spending $800 billion [when] we’ve got this huge deficit?’ – first of all, I found this deficit when I showed up, No. 1.
“I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office.”
Hmmm. Hope over fear. Unity of purpose of conflict and discord.
One of four things is at work here. Either
- he was naive ... I mean, hopeful... enough to believe it was going to work that way
- he is really quite cynical
- he suddenly finds the weight of governing much more of a burden than campaigning
- no one told him he wasn't elected King.