October 15th, 2009
11:36 AM ET

Mistrust of government handicaps Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/13/obama.candidate.president/art.obamaflash.gi.jpg caption="President Obama's term in office so far is relatively on message, a Democratic strategist said. "]
Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

So now comes the hard part.

Now that a key Senate committee has finally moved a health care bill, President Obama can get to work to try and figure out a final version of reform.

Now that Gen. Stanley McChrystal has recommended a large troop buildup in Afghanistan - setting off an internal debate about recalibrating strategy - the president can decide what he wants to do about the war.

And now that the stock market is on the rebound - while unemployment remains high - Obama can figure out how to come up with a "son of stimulus" package that targets jobs.

Tough decisions are part of the president's job description, after all.

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