- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There is considerable outrage over American International Group (AIG) Inc.’s enormous bonus payments. Why did President Obama wait for days to join in the criticism of the company’s unwarranted bonuses when he was first informed by senior aides on March 12? Mr. Obama, who pledged “transparency in government,” failed to alert the public about the bonuses that day and failed to take immediate action.

The economy is by far the No. 1 concern for Americans. However, Mr. Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner have yet to fill key positions in the Treasury Department, leaving it understaffed and in disarray.

Mr. Obama declared at his inauguration “an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.” Yet lately, he has been blaming his predecessor for his economic woes, stating that he “inherited” this “big mess.” Mr. Obama needs to stop blaming others and instead focus on the economic problems at hand. Name-calling doesn’t get us out of the current economic calamity.

Mr. Obama, one of the most inexperienced men to have assumed the presidency in nearly a century, must learn to lead, be honest with the American electorate and focus on the problems at hand.

CHRISTIAN GATSBY

Hoover, Ala.

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