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Obama’s honeymoon is over

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Irwin StelzerThe Weekly Standard

The honeymoon is over, said Irwin Stelzer. For the first several months of the Obama administration, the revered one got whatever he wanted from the Democratic-controlled Congress, from the massive “stimulus” package to the bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler. The press adored him—he was “no mumbling George W. Bush”—and his approval ratings were off the charts.

But Obama “wanted too much.” With the annual federal deficit soaring past $1 trillion a year, he nonetheless insisted on overhauling the health-care industry overnight and spending hundreds of billions to cover the uninsured. Even many Democrats are finding it all too much to swallow. Polls show growing opposition to Obama’s massive expansion of government, the deficits it’s producing, and his wildly ambitious agenda.

“It is too early to say that the presidential agenda is dead in the water.” Obama remains personally popular, and if the economy recovers, “all will be forgiven.” But for now, “his legislative program is stalled,” as the man who once occupied an ethereal realm as the nation’s savior has fallen to earth.

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