Here's the one thing: Apparently the person to usher in the change we were hoping for was actually John McCain.

Back during the campaign, candidate Obama called McCain "out of touch" for his take on the economy:


JOHN MCCAIN, R-AZ: The fundamentals of the economy are strong.


Just to put things in perspective, the same day McCain said that the Dow dropped 500 points to around 11,000, so it was a case of extremely poor timing. But even though the Dow is now trading around 7,000, President Obama and his advisers sound like they're reading from the same playbook:


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: If we are keeping focused on all the fundamentally sound aspects of our economy, all the outstanding companies, workers, all the innovation and dynamism in this country, then we're going to get through this. And I'm very confident about that.

CHRISTINA ROMER, WHITE HOUSE CHIEF ECONOMIST: The fundamentals are sound in the sense that the American workers are sound, we have a good capital stock, we have good technology.


Sounds awfully familiar, doesn't it? The only real change seems to be that the economy was actually much stronger when McCain said it.

Next, remember how Obama crucified McCain over his ridiculous plan to tax health care benefits that workers get from their employers? Here's Obama back in October 2008:


OBAMA: He tells you that he'll give you a tax credit of $2,500 per person, $5,000 per family to help you pay for your insurance and health care costs.

You see, Senator McCain would pay for his plan, in part, by taxing your health care benefits for the first time in history.


On the campaign trail, McCain defended his plan by saying he would make up for the tax on one side, by giving out a tax credit on the other. Now, we find out that while president Obama isn't saying he supports taxing employer health care benefits, he and his advisers are not not saying it either.


ROMER: I am not going to say one way or the other.

DAVID GREGORY, HOST, "MEET THE PRESS": But he might consider it in other words.

ROMER: I think what he has said from the beginning is there is no such thing as Democratic and Republican ideas. They're just good ideas. He will listen to good ideas. This is not one he has ever supported.


And guess what: If Obama eventually approves this, he won't be giving out the tax benefit on the other side like McCain would've. I can't for the life of me figure out how anyone thinks this plan could help fix health care, the economy or small business. In both of these stories Obama was painting McCain as foolish and out of touch a few months ago. So, shouldn't he stay consistent?

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Instead, Obama's messages now reflect whatever focus groups or polls his people have run recently. It's all about politics instead of principles, and that's why, on any given day, Obama can sound exactly like McCain, and why Obama's not talking about cancelling any contracts with auto labor, he is thinking about canceling contracts to those evil AIG people.

It's also why he's going to be on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno": it's all about the show. Since we met President Obama he has already been compared to JFK, FDR and Lincoln. Maybe he's now moving on to nominees, starting with John McCain. We can only hope he'll be Ronald Reagan for a few weeks.

The change we were looking for is for politicians to be honest: not turn into John McCain.

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