No matter how you slice it, Obama’s on a roll
What does he do for an encore?
For a president who entered his second year with a Nobel Peace Prize but scrounging for a mega-accomplishment to put in the Democrats’ corner in an election year, this week handed him a pair of major victories.
But there is still plenty of time for things to go awry before November — think Kansas in the NCAA basketball tournament. Or for things to go even better than hoped — think Butler.
On Tuesday, he signed the healthcare bill. On Friday he announced an agreement with Russia on a new START Treaty.
White House and other administration officials have been visibly gleeful and basking in the glow of the sun coming out this week on the president’s agenda.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a moment of levity at the podium in the White House press room, responded to a question about the START Treaty having to be ratified by the U.S. Congress and the Russian Duma by saying:
“I think President Obama has said that he would send Rahm Emanuel to Moscow and we all immediately endorsed that offer. So if it — you know, if President Medvedev wants to take us up on it, we’re ready.” (Lots of laughter).
For now it’s all coming up roses for the Obama White House. And Republicans are being portrayed as the party of no.
How long do you think that will last?
Photo credit: Reutes/Ramin Rahimian (Butler goes up for a basket against Syracuse), Reuters/Jim Young (Obama at Rose Garden in October)