An article in the British paper, the Telegraph, points out that Barack Obama is on a collision course with his critics after picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh, America's most influential conservative commentator.
The article states:
"Mr Obama has told Republicans in Washington to stop listening to the right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh, risking a new culture war with conservative voters.
His exhortation came as he enraged other Republicans by reversing George W Bush's ban on funding international aid to charities that perform or provide information about abortions.
After less than a week in office, Mr Obama's presidency is already encountering the very partisan bickering he had pledged to stamp out during his first 100 days."
The President reference to Limbaugh was explained as follows:
"His comments followed a blunt attack on him by Mr Limbaugh, who declared on air that he hoped Mr Obama would fail as president because otherwise it will usher in socialism."
Limbaugh had stated that he supported our country, but couldn't support the President because of the socialist commitments he had made to his supporters because socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried. Rush cited Cuba and the USSR as examples.
So, what happened to "change" and "unity". Will Obama be just another partisan politician? Will Washington politics be marked by the same "do nothing" bickering of the last eight years?