"The debt ceiling fiasco and the downgrade, punctuated by ... stock market gyrations, has made something in me snap. "It's the sound of confidence in Obama's leadership breaking" -- Matt Miller, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center for American Progress.
"The president has failed up until now to produce a coherent explanation about where we are and what we need to do that Americans can understand" -- William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution think tank.
"As he confronts the threat of another recession and turmoil in the financial markets, President Obama is being advised by an economic team that is noticeably short on big-name players — potentially hurting his ability to find solutions and sell them to Wall Street, Congress and the American public.
Perhaps more telling, there no longer is a formal economic briefing in the Oval Office every morning, a gathering in which Summers, Romer, Geithner and other key advisors assessed the data and batted around ideas with Obama." -- LA Times