October 14th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: Candidate vs. President

President Obama's term in office so far is relatively on message, a Democratic strategist said.

President Obama's term in office so far is relatively on message, a Democratic strategist said.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - During the 2008 presidential campaign, analysts noted that then-Sen. Barack Obama ran a relatively tight ship - complete with a near lock-step message strategy and a loyal political team.

But since Obama has become president, some say his administration is failing to reflect the tight-knit campaign that helped lead the Illinois Democrat to victory.

One reason: Size matters.

That is, the vast size of the federal government, bureaucratic red tape and the scale of his top advisers' egos, according to an influential political observer.

"When you're running the country, it's a whole different ball game," said Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report. "Not only is the number of people exponentially larger in terms of the number of people involved, but you have bigger personalities; you have egos; you have people of accomplishment who are accustomed to speaking their mind."

A second reason: Frustration.

Several Democratic Party members are frustrated by the president's lack of progress on big issues. Liberal Democrats are frustrated for his not forcefully pushing the government-sponsored public option idea for health care reform.

Activists also are worried about the president's inaction on repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell' policy, which effectively bars openly gay people from serving in the military.

But a former top Obama campaign aide said gay Americans have every right to be impatient and continue to pressure the president and Congress.

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  1. Dar

    All rats are leave the sinking Odumbo ship and this ship isnt far from shore yet and taking on water fast. With the people he has placed in office to assist him Odumbo has put himself in a sad situation. No experiance, big heads and total lack of foresight. Only greed works for these people and we voted him in. What were we thinking. We should have listened to our elders on this one folks.
    God Bless All

    October 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    This guy has not ran anything but from the last place he worked at.

    October 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. A.B.


    Let Obama be Obama. Every administration has its pluses and minuses. The Obama Administration is no exception.

    October 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. cnn=right wing media and works for sarah "death pannel" palin

    Your story doesn't make any sense. Go back to school my friend

    October 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Rob Selby

    I'm trying to decidie which CNN bum was really behind this article. Maybe, John King? Lou Dobbs? Campbell Brown?

    October 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. obummer, 1 and done

    Wait a minute, this is a trick question.

    Obummer is still the candidate. We are waiting for a president, (unless of course you look at president pelosi)

    October 14, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Ha! All of you clones pointed to the campaign as the example of what a great executive Obozo was. Well, now we see why real executive experience matters. Obozo has started a dozen things and not finished one, including closing GITMO which he ordered day 1.

    October 14, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Obama Victim

    this loser was great at running for president...being president?? not really working out

    October 14, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. mjm

    That's because he promises everything and delivers nothing.

    That’s what community organizers from Chicago do. They get people to elect them with hope-n-change promises that they could never fulfill.

    That’s why he was called an inexperience empty suit.

    October 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. JP

    Regarding medical malpractice and health care reform as long as Obama keeps putting the interests of the trial lawyers before those of taxpayers he has no cridability

    October 14, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    NOT EVEN a year has gone by and President Obama is expected to pass EVERYTHING he promised in his campaign in 10 months!!!!

    OMG – You are asking him to get a 4-year degree in 10 months!! It's IMPOSSIBLE!!!

    If he passed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" FIRST, then everyone would complain about why is he concentrating on that when Health Care, the war in Afghanistan and the Economy is more important!!

    President will have the health care bill passed by the end of the year – WATCH!! And I bet "DADT" will pass if not with it – very soon afterwards.

    October 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Jackson

    did anyone do something like this with bush?

    October 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. nyc

    This is b/c Obama never accomplished anything before becoming president, so why all of a sudden should people expect him to lead?

    October 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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