In contrast, Krugman is articulate. One of the president’s principal failures so far is that he’s tellingly failed to give the nation a narrative that explains the economic crisis and how he plans to solve it. Without that, the public will never give him the time he needs to address what are deep-rooted problems that can’t be cured overnight. Besides, without such an explanation, everything he does looks seat-of-the-pants and reactive.
Despite his oratorical prowess, Obama has not given a good speech in months. In truth, Obama was terrific when he was talking about himself — whether it was on the primary stump or in his book. That’s not a criticism: when one runs for president, promoting yourself is the major requirement.
But now that Obama has to talk about our struggles — not his own — he’s having trouble. Krugman could give him the ideas and the eloquence he needs.
Paul Krugman for economic czar. Now that’s change we can believe in.
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