As President, Obama Is Unafraid to Disappoint His Allies - washingtonpost.com
- Through much of last year's campaign, Barack Obama enjoyed the acclaim of a politician who seemed adept at making himself all things to almost all people. Liberals, moderates, even some conservatives, Democrats, independents and even some Republicans all found in Obama change they could believe in.That was the mark of a skillful candidate who leaves enough unsaid to attract the maximum support possible. But it isn't possible to maintain that posture once presidential decision making begins and choices have to be made. President Obama has found himself under fire from across the political spectrum as he has worked his way through contentious and complex issues, from turning around the economy and bailing out banks to escalating the war in Afghanistan and trying to close the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.