|Sara Carlson, salesclerk.|
At 49, Geithner is relaxed and confident, prone to using words like “cool” to describe esoteric economic ideas, and is so well liked within the administration that he is universally known simply as Tim. He is a surprising survivor, given the lacerating criticism of his early days in office, but he bonded with Obama, who was born just two weeks earlier, and emerged as the strongest figure on the economic team, even if not its most effective public spokesman.
Like the Obama administration itself, the piece seems enamored of the idea that poor communication of policy initiatives is why Obama’s numbers are down—not actually, y’know, poor policies.
The bottom line on what the piece reveals: The Obama administration has no idea how to get the country out of the rut that it’s in. There’s lots of talk about “policy initiatives” and such—but no genuine direction. No world-view. No cogent sense of what caused the crisis, and therefore what needs to be done.
In other words, in the absolutely best case scenario, the next two years will be a collosal waste of time—assuming America muddles along, and there is no major crisis.