I thought Obama was sincere in trying to reach an acceptable compromise. He gave a nod to McCain by saying he would veto anything with earmarks, he argued for simplilfying the corporate tax code to lower taxes on small businesses, he talked about cutting Medicare and Medicaid, etc. One reason he has risen in the polls since the latest election is that people have seen him willing to come to the negotiating table.
Obviously, time will tell, and any actual results will depend on the willingness of congress to similarly compromise. [/quote]
I found him rather robotic last night, in terms of body language actually. But he said somethings I liked and others I did not. I felt his clean energy crap was very New Dealish. But, surprisingly, I liked what he said about education. No child left behind sucks.
One thing he made perfectly clear is that he made a drastic move toward center. Last year I was yelling at the TV, “You can’t do that idiot!”
What I am not certain of is if he is a man of his word. He certainly was when he was getting what he wants but he wasn’t when he said he said his ‘all ideas are on the table’. No they weren’t only his were. So I guess we’ll see.