President Obama appears to be relying more on his own instincts and less on those of his advisers, marking a shift in his style of governance. But his instincts often seem to lead him away from the actual issues facing the country, such as his decision to discuss clean energy in his speech on Afghanistan.
Obama is permitting his commanders to decide critical details of the Afghan pullout, including the number of troops to depart first and whether any of those will be combat forces. Obama’s Afghan withdrawal plan divides one Army base.
The president will meet with Senate leaders today to try to keep the debt talks alive.
Michele Bachmann, who will announce today, has already broken into the top tier of GOP presidential candidates. Bachmann is zeroing in on Iowa, her birthplace. Bachmann slammed “scare tactics’ on the debt, saying the U.S. could avoid default by paying just the interest on obligations while pols work on deal
Jon Huntsman fever has broken out, but up close, his flaws as the “electable” candidate for the GOP nomination are unmistakable.
Michelle Obama called her meeting with Nelson Mandela “surreal.”
Eastern Europe is taking time out to observe Ronald Reagan’s birthday.
And Helen Thomas claims she has reapplied for a White House press pass.