Roger L. Simon

Obama so far - very cautious, very conventional

Other than the choice of Hillary Clinton (who is herself a very conventional pol) at State, there has been nothing much to report of a sensational nature in Barack Obama’s pre-Presidency. The dramatic “agent of change” is nowhere in evidence. All we hear about are minor tax cuts and (mostly) the same old foreign affairs and financial management names, nearly a continuation of Bush policy everywhere except at the margins. We had an endless election for this? Although relieved, on a certain level, I am also bored. The only interesting thing about Obama so far is that he broke the Presidential color barrier. Good for him, but now what?

I suspect in the long run history will be the big player here, not Barack Obama. Who could have predicted the Bush presidency? The man (and eventually the woman) in the White House is almost irrelevant.