The lesson so far: Never underestimate Barack Obama. One of the most satisfying aspects of the transition and our new President's first week in office is how he's continued to flummox his foes.
It's not just the folks over at Free Republic, where frustrated posters are reduced to sputtering about fairy tales like "the missing birth certificate." It's not just the GOP Congressional leaders who were smacked down at the White House the other day with "I won." It's not just the press, who unleashed their previously curbed aggressions on Robert Gibbs after the strain of covering four full days of national joy.
Now, it's al-Qaeda. The Washington Post reports that the lead guys in the world's most famous terrorist network kind of, um, don't know what to do about this man named Barack Hussein Obama.
In the words of a former CIA official: "They're highly uncertain about what they're getting in this new adversary. For al-Qaeda, as a matter of image and tone, George W. Bush had been a near-perfect foil."
We cats think this is delicious. Isn't it refreshing to be confusing the enemy instead of playing right into his hands?