Joe Klein has to reach for the surreal in highlighting by contrast what Barack Obama didn’t do with his first week in office:
He could have planted solar panels and a wind turbine on the White House roof or blasted the Bush Administration as he signed an Executive Order banning torture or lacerated the bankers who got us into the economic mess. But that’s not his style, apparently. He has reversed the tactical, win-the-news-cycle sensibility of recent presidencies. During his first week in office, at least, he opted for strategy and substance over showbiz.
So Obama isn’t about showbiz because he refrained from stunts that would have called his mental fitness into question. By sticking to stunts that merely raise concerns about his ideological and political fitness, Barack Obama has proved himself serious.