Friday, May 1, 2009

Poll: Were you surprised, enchanted, humbled, or troubled?

Jeff Zeleny from New York Times asked an interesting question at last night's "First 100 Days" Presidential news conference. He asked,
What Has Surprised, Enchanted, Humbled, and Troubled You Most in 2009?
To summarize President Obama's response,

He has been surprised by the number of big issues he, as the President, has had to face. In his words, "And so, you know, the typical president, I think, has two or three big problems. We've got seven or eight big problems."

The President has been troubled by "the fact that change in Washington comes slow. That there is a certain quotient of political posturing and bickering that takes place even when we're in the middle of really big crises."

He has been enchanted by our servicemen and women, though "enchanted is probably not the word [he] would use."

And lastly, the President has been humbled by the fact that the presidency is not all-powerful. In his words, "we are just part of a much broader tapestry of American life, and there are a lot of different power centers. And so I can't just press a button and suddenly have the bankers do exactly what I want or, you know, turn on a switch and suddenly, you know, Congress falls in line."

Maybe it is just me, but is "separation of powers" and "checks and balances" something that a former professor of Constitutional law should find humbling?

This leads me to my Question of the Week: How did President Obama's response to Zeleny's question make you feel: (a) surprised, (b) troubled, (c) enchanted, or (d) humbled?

Feel free to leave comments about your vote in the comment box below. Given that people may feel strongly about this political topic, please be courteous.

Polls are now open, and they will remain open until 1:30 PM on Friday May 8th.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, how in the world did he become president of the U.S.? He is "troubled" that it takes long to change things in Washington??!! How is that a surprise to him? It has been that way forever.... and most likely will always be that way. Anyone who knows anything about politics would consider that stating the obvious.


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