The current administration has been harsher toward critics than should be considered decent, but I can't get worked up about this, at least as described:
Thursday, October 29, 2009 :::
President Obama isn't taking kindly to a television ad that criticizes his opposition to a popular scholarship program for poor children, and his administration wants the ad pulled...Some of the rhetoric about Fox News and the tea party protesters could be considered threatening or, at best, unPresidential. But I think a cabinet official can go as far as "ask[ing]... in front of others" without being guilty of abusing his power (in fact, if he wanted to imply a threat, I would think he'd do it in private, like Spitzer).
"I saw [Holder] at an event," said Chavous. "He did ask me in front of others to pull the ad. My response was, 'No, and I tell you what, if the president does the right thing, not only will we pull it but we will celebrate him.' "
::: posted by Steven at 7:51 PM