Three days after the midterm elections, senior Obama aides suggested to a gathering of liberal groups at the White House that they might need to scale back their expectations. In the wake of the big Republican win, there would be no new major legislative pushes from President Obama in 2011.
The mood, according to some participants at the meeting, was dour. Although the White House advisors said job creation would be a central goal, they did not lay out a concrete plan for putting more people to work. "There was an undercurrent of, 'Hey, folks. We're going to have to play some defense,'" said one attendee.
Since then, the sense of a president in a crouch has only deepened. Obama was unable to seal a long-anticipated free trade agreement with South Korea during his trip to Asia and was the odd man out at the Group of 20 summit over global economic strategy, where preferences for belt-tightening policies predominate.
Barry losing his grip, if you ask me. He looks near crazed these days in some photos. Like he's losing it. It's the same anger-panic I saw in George W. Bush's eyes and we all know Bush is crazy -- criminally insane.
I watched it at Hulu. Twice. It's a really good episode.
If something happened -- I think it did -- then it's the best episode of the season.
Backstory, Watlernet (alternate universe Walter who is evil) is building a machine to destroy our world. Peter is somehow the key to operating it as Peter learned when he was over there at the end of last season. Peter's back in our universe now (along with fake Olivia who he thinks is real Olivia) and trying to build that machine he saw in the other universe.
Walter is furious and he and Peter keep fighting about it.
Nina notices the tension and asks Olivia about it. Olivia explains the conflict over the machine. Olivia (fake Olivia) then asks Nina to step in and try to sort it out. Nina asks what happened when Olivia did and Olivia says she hasn't to which Nina replies that that isn't like her.
Olivia makes up an excuse but the way that Nina's looking at Olivia, it seems obvious that Nina knows that isn't really Olivia.
If Nina figured that out, I'll be so happy. I just can't get over this, "She fools everyone!" Fake Olivia is nothing like real Olivia.
Real Olivia was in the last scene of the show, still trapped in the alternate universe. She was getting out of the shower and her phone was ringing. It was that guy that works for Walternet and he was saying that they didn't need to do a planned experiment.
Walternet's been trying to figure out how Olivia (real Olivia) can go back and forth between the universes and not be harmed? William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) was basically decomposing as a result of doing that. But Olivia can do it and doesn't even need a machine to do it. She can do it naturally.
Now, in case you forgot, Walternet had her injected with fake Olivia's memories to try to convince her that she's fake Olivia and working for Walternet. After the memories took hold, she pretty much believed it. But Peter keeps popping up in her imagination.
He popped up as soon as she was off the phone and told her they're on to her and that's why they're cancelling the experiment.
It's a really strong episode but my favorite if, indeed, Nina (Blair Brown) knows that the person she's speaking to is from the other side.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"