from Germany, this passage in particular:
"Obama made a serious misjudgement. Right at the beginning of his first year in office, he saved the banks, rescued the automobile industry from collapse and passed a huge economic stimulus package. He had hoped that these enormous deeds would give him the space to address those issues which are dearest to him: health care reform, climate change and investment in education."
"Those issues, however, are clearly not priorities for people in the US at the moment...
The first thing is that wording: "HE saved, Rescued, Passed".
The second is that they don't seem to realize just how much the way he pushed this crap pissed people off; that an awful lot of the population looked at the Government Motors and union bailout and hated it; that people looked at the 'saving of the banks' and all the conniving and deals involved and weren't real happy with it; that people realized just how badly the future of the country was mortgaged in the stimulus package and just how badly it would- and did- work, and did not like it. And thus these things did NOT 'give him space', it caused people who'd voted for Hope! and Change!! to say "What the hell are you doing? Take over my health care? Not a chance!"
To Nanny-State Europe these things may sound wonderful, but to us they were WAY off key. And Tuesday's result was one of the consequences.