President of everything

The American Conservative
by Brian Doherty

04/20/09

Isolating random bits of his presidential rhetoric, you can almost believe that [President Barack Obama] understands how a society really thrives. Obama said in his pseudo-State of the Union Address, ‘The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth.’ But in just three months, we have seen what Obama means when he talks about ‘reach.’ He doesn’t mean ‘our reach’ but his own. His sense of that reach, and the abrupt and scary speed with which he’s used it, marks him as an executive with a tentacled grip — multiple, crushing, inescapable. No longer the cautious critic of presidential power of the campaign trail, he now sees nothing as beyond his grasp. Less than a hundred days in, the fully articulated ideological contours of his vision remain unclear — just as he wishes...

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