To many, Obama’s decision shows a welcome pragmatism in sharp contrast to President Bush’s stubborn go-it-aloneness, Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn told Bill O’Reilly on Fox News “The Bill O’Reilly Show” Friday night.
Critics call the turnaround a rookie mistake, evidence that the administration is led by ideology and is heeding bad advice. They say the switch is part of a growing list of political missteps as the President’s ambitious progressive agenda runs up against constituent backlash in even liberal enclaves like New York and Massachusetts.
“The seemingly hurry-up decision to move the trial to New York City and the equally abrupt decision to move it away from there smacks of federal officials acting before thinking,” writes Peter Roff of US News & World Report. “It projects indecision, which might be OK when discussing the right way to count the impact the stimulus has had on job creation but is positively irresponsible when it comes to the war on terror.”