While GWB prided on explaining himself as "the decider" (see note), BO does NOT make a very good "explainer". I continuously find myself trying to second (or third?) guess what the WH and Dem's strategy even is, and not just during this last fiasco, but ever since his taking office. When GWB was in office I remember seeing either him or his press secretaries quite often explaining the Bush "strategy" (at least the Faux News version). On the other hand, I didn't even know Jay Carney WAS the current press secretary until a recent press conference. I know OB has been chastised before for his lack of communication, but this needs to stop. He needs to explain what the Reps are doing and why they are doing it, because they don't seem to have any problem putting their own spin on their actions (taxes kill jobs, etc.). How can OB hope to garner support when many supporters have no idea what the strategy even is? I shudder to think what REALLY transpired behind closed doors during the deficit talks, and keep in mind, this is from a candidate who ran on "transparent government".
*Note, I always claimed that a chimpanzee would have made a better "decider", rather than GWB himself. A chimp provided with two buttons, YES and NO, either providing a banana reward, would have made correct decisions at least half the time.