The president's criticism of BP has been called, variously, not soon enough, not aggressive enough and even, by Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul, un-American. Had he acted to immediately take over BP's efforts, he would have been called a socialist. He didn't do that, of course, but got no credit from those who, under different circumstances, should then rightly be applauding his free-market stance.
People complain that Obama is too cool. Doesn't emote. But when President Bill Clinton bit his lower lip and emoted, they called him a phony. And when Obama showed passion on the "Today" show and said it was important to figure out "whose ass to kick," there was criticism of such forceful language. He emoted too much.
When Obama went to Lincoln Cemetery in Illinois instead of Arlington on Memorial Day, he was criticized for not being at Arlington, as if only the war dead there should warrant a presidential visit. Never mind that Ronald Reagan skipped Arlington some years, and George H.W. Bush, 41, spent one Memorial Day playing golf in Kennebunkport. Then you have those who resent that Obama never served and what the heck is he doing as commander in chief, anyway?
When Obama takes a position that doesn't favor what the majority is saying, he's called out of step; when he does what the majority says it wants, he's accused of just listening to the polls.
He was supposed to be a radical leftist bent on remaking America. Or is he a too-cautious conciliator who wants everyone to like him?