President Obama's tough talk to CEOs on the need for fiscal restraint with the taxpayers' money was applauded by many these past weeks. He claims he doesn't want to waste hard-earned taxpayers' dollars. Has he shown any real bipartisanship by adopting any key Republican proposals for the massive bill? The answer is no. So, let's look at his strategy.
He took his message out on the street and went to the people, the same group that supposedly elected him. Obama took unscripted questions from a crowd that asked him tough questions. His response was to compare the mess he inherited from George Bush to what Americans saw in the Great Depression 80 years ago. The solution Obama offers is tough talk, criticisms and vague innuendos -- no specifics, just taunting across the aisle to his GOP critics. He continues to berate the previous Bush administration but says nothing about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's failure to accomplish anything but frivolous investigations, scoring the lowest congressional approval rating ever over the past two years.
Where's the leadership? Where's the change? This president has not been able to get off dead-center with anything solid because his true partisan colors are blatantly showing as he tries to push his message down our throats with talk of fear and hard times. Tough talk seems to be his demeanor: Mess with me and I'll mess with you. He said just that recently in response to the opposition to his bailout bill. His "they want to get tough, then I can get tough too" attitude will yield nothing but a growing acrimonious relationship with his opponents.
Where is the serious motivation for Republicans to join him? Obama can't even use the bully pulpit effectively as some of his predecessors have done to win their point. He lacks leadership, finesse and experience. We can only hope he's going to be equally as tough with our enemies in Iran, North Korea and Russia.