A former senator from Illinois—now president—has an op-ed in Thursday’s Washington Post sellng the stimulus package to the citizenry.

In it, the man who ran on a platform of change and was elected on a platform of change begs the electorate to support change. Even he noticed this shouldn’t be necessary:

In recent days, there have been misguided criticisms of [the recovery] plan that echo the failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis — the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems; that we can meet our enormous tests with half-steps and piecemeal measures; that we can ignore fundamental challenges such as energy independence and the high cost of health care and still expect our economy and our country to thrive.

I reject these theories, and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change.

As I said Tuesday, Barack Obama should be taking charge. The next election is in 2012. He has plenty of time to get over a few missteps with advisors-designate—or even the waffling and fumfering on the economic recovery plan. He can’t yet be punished for the plan’s failure. It hasn’t failed; indeed, it hasn’t even been tried.

The nature of time means this is the longest Obama will have before an election during his first term. It is the perfect time to get things done. But if he doesn’t govern—perhaps for fear of seeming arrogant, perhaps lest his popularity drop—he may not have a second term.