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Response to treestar (Reply #39)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 06:00 PM

67. Right?

Even when Obama had a favorable congress, it was still like eating glass getting anything through.

This is what I find fascinating because so many people attack Obama as if there was another option. The only other option in many of these cases was not to do anything.

His stimulus wasn't big enough - yet it was the largest in American history. Had he gone higher, at least to the point where the difference is more than marginal (1 million extra isn't substantially different - but one billion certainly would be), it would have gone nowhere in the congress. So, it was either scale it down or don't do it at all. You know, it's interesting because initially, some in the White House told Obama not to go big on the stimulus and he decided to go big. Was it big enough? Probably not. But it was as big as we could get.

On healthcare, he had to deal with moderate Democrats and a united Republican Party. Again, he could have conceded nothing and watched, as Bill Clinton did in '93, his healthcare bill flame out - damaging his presidency and the country. Instead, he took an approach which was fairly compromising - but it got done. No other president can say that.

As Mario Cuomo put it once: You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.

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