Walk In the Sunshine
It's not easy for President Obama. He's trying to be bipartisan with efforts such as appointing three Republicans to his cabinet and lobbying Republicans to support his stimulus bill. Of course, there is no way to escape partisan politics in Washington. I hope he's successful, and I hope it's only Rush Limbaugh who hopes he fails. I guess he didn't buy into McCain's America First approach.
One great thing about the Obama administration so far is the improved transparency. They have video channels on YouTube, including one for the transition. I don't know who really wants to watch all this stuff, but I'm glad it's there. We need much more communication and openness from Washington than we have had in the past. That doesn't solve problems, but it does improve confidence.
And, Obama has already admitted some mistakes, as he did about his selection of Tom Daschle while he was aware of his tax issues and, more importantly, his pseudo-lobbying efforts. Everyone makes mistakes. They aren't a sign of weakness. What is weak is a failure to admit your mistakes and act to fix them.
Today Obama has an op-ed piece in the Washington Post to argue for his stimulus package. Although I am in synch with Obama's long-term goals, I have some hesitation on the current stimulus package. I think we should be rushing out a pure stimulus that is significant, quick, and short-lived to get the economy moving. I'd like us to think through big projects of change to make sure we get them right. However, I have to say that Obama's openness and style give me enough confidence to give him the benefit of the doubt here. I like his appeal to the people as they are pretty hungry to do things differently.
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said "Sunshine is the best disinfectant." We need all the cleaning up that we can get.