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Obama's political direction

February 18, 2009

Re "Liberals watch Obama, and worry," News Analysis, Feb. 16

Liberals worrying about President Obama's performance during his first month in office need to remember that he campaigned as a centrist, not as a liberal.

As The Times notes, he emphasized bipartisanship while running for office.

I supported Obama during his campaign and continue to support him, even though he never promised to remove our troops from Afghanistan or implement single-payer healthcare. I supported him because I felt he was the best person for the job, not because I liked all his positions.

Liberals must now do what they can to push Obama to the left and counteract the pressure he feels to appease the right.

Jerry Wallingford

San Diego


So the Obama administration may be backing away from a federal "shield law" for journalists and other campaign promises.

It's beginning to appear that the American people must choose between the Republican "Pseudo-Fascist" Party or the Democratic "Bait-and-Switch" Party.

Surely the Founding Fathers expected more from us.

Dennis M. Clausen



You have to feel for the man.

Attacked on the left for going too slowly; attacked on the right for being too liberal. All this, and he's been in office less than a month.

It seems that Obama's honeymoon was more like a back-alley quickie.

Tom Pease


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