After months of insisting he would leave the details to Congress, President Obama has concluded that he must exert greater control over the health care debate and is preparing an intense push for legislation that will include speeches, town-hall-style meetings and much deeper engagement with lawmakers, senior White House officials say.
I've been looking forward to Obama doing some congressional arm-twisting; JFK was inspiring but had trouble getting his vision for the country enacted in Congress; it took the formidable wheeling-and-dealing skills of LBJ after JFK's assasination to actually get a lot of his agenda passed into law. Obama has the potential to be an LBJ-JFK synthesis.
P.S.: I hope Afghanistan is not his Vietnam.