Frank Rich, an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, recently wrote a piece titled "You're Likable Enough, Gay People" about Obama and, not only his choice for Rick Warren to do the invocation at his inauguration, but his hubris which could bring more trouble ahead.
"Obama may not only overestimate his ability to bridge some of our fundamental differences but also underestimate how persistent some of those differences are," Rich writes. "The exhilaration of his decisive election victory and the deserved applause that has greeted his mostly glitch-free transition can’t entirely mask the tensions underneath. Before there is profound social change, there is always high anxiety."
And in regards to Warren, Rich states, "Bestowing this honor on Warren was a conscious — and glib — decision by Obama to spend political capital. It was made with the certitude that a leader with a mandate can do no wrong."