White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan called President Obama “gutsy” for his decision to order the strike that ended with Osama bin Laden becoming a corpse. The daring mission to get bin Laden led Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne to praise Obama as “bold.”.
It’s great, of course, to see the president act so decisively in the national interest. It would be helpful, though, if the president wouldn’t restrict his gutsiness to signing off on commando raids in Pakistan.
Unfortunately, while Obama has clearly been bold overseas, he has not really heeded Podesta’s advice here at home. Gas prices that have climbed to $4 a gallon and could go higher are but the latest bludgeon the American middle class has had to endure. But it’s also one problem Obama could help solve as quickly and decisively as he did in ordering the hit on Osama bin Laden. Indeed, these high fuel prices threaten the overall U.S. economic recovery.
Scott Nance has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade. Capitol Idea is his regular column from Washington. This article first published as Obama Needs to Get Gutsy at Home on Blogcritics.