“Mr Obama is in danger of being perceived as someone whose rhetoric, however skillful, cannot always be trusted.”
— Bob Herbert of the New York Times.
Update: Former Bush #43 speechwriter Michael Gerson explores “Obama’s reality problem:”
Barack Obama has lost his promise. He has lost his momentum. He has lost his touch. He has lost his filibuster-proof Senate majority. He has lost his first year in office.
Tonight, he lost his grip on reality.
Which dovetails pretty well with the Hertbert quote above. It’s bipartisan consensus!