1. The Republicans are 'back' 'standing up' to the Democrats
2. Barack has 'blundered' and the 'honeymoon is over.'
The Republicans have been simply obstructionist, and cable news (which demonstrably has given Republicans more face time than Democrats) has accepted their version of the narrative about the stimulus plan -- even though their narrative is bullshit. Their own plan was so badly constructed it actually raised taxes -- by accident. Their obsession with cutting taxes for rich people to solve all problems is bullshit. Their criticism of 'pork' in the bill is bullshit -- the debatable line items amount to a few billion out of 900 billion, and EVEN THEN for every line item they objected to, there's a good case to be made. Even for family planning, YOU STUPID FUCKING FUCKS.
The problem with appointments -- this happens with every president. Despite the best efforts at vetting. SHUT THE FUCK UP. So Obama nominated a few people who had issues with their taxes? At least he isn't doing what Bush did -- nominate a bunch of IGNORANT SHITHEADS to jobs for which they WERE NOT QUALIFIED, because they satisfied his fairy-tale ideological litmus test.
The honeymoon is over with the press because THE PRESS IS LOOKING FOR AN ANGLE THEY CAN SELL. An angle that satisfies the selfish interests of their corporate owners, by the by.
What you're seeing, if you look past e.g. the smug, idiotic, vomiting of pure falsehood by ludicrous asshats like Peggy Noonan, is a human being doing his level best to do the hardest job on the planet. That's all. If any of you 'journalists' want to do some ACTUAL JOURNALISM there are a lot of real stories you're ignoring, YOU LAZY SHITS.