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Tough talk in Washington

Posted Monday, April 20, 2009, at 6:03 PM

Seems like Republicans are ganging up on President Obama over the past few days.

Obama's been criticized for supposedly being too friendly to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Remember before the election when one of the criticisms of Obama was that lack of experience in foreign policy might lead to naivety? As Obama says, just talking to Chavez doesn't threaten our country.

I think Obama's on the right track with his attitude that the U.S. should set an example by working with, and listening, to other countries. Arrogance, as a nation, doesn't help us.

And we still have all the firepower we need to take care of those countries that may try to hurt us.

Now Obama's absorbing verbal jabs for revealing what some think is too much about the CIA's interrogation techniques against alleged terrorists.

Obama was criticized for being too critical of his predecessor's policies. Well, we do have freedom of speech. And Republicans haven't spared the rhetoric lately.

Looks like business as usual in Washington: Each side out for themselves.

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People are scared to death right now David. Tea parties, Somali refugees, etc. However, I agree that we do need to give the man some room to move. After that we'll have our chance to decide.

-- Posted by Cornelia.Marie on Tue, Apr 21, 2009, at 7:40 AM

It is politics . . . it didn't seem to bother him to criticize the mistakes of the Republicans while running for president so he should be able to take criticism from the Republicans and anyone else who chooses to do so now that he is in charge. It is part of the job.

It is always easy to point the finger at someone else.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Apr 21, 2009, at 8:38 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.