Technically, Froma Harrop is correct ("Charge of socialism is so much baloney," Dispatch, April 4, 2009): Obama is not a socialist.
Obama does not seek to nationalize private property. Instead, he desires to move this country toward a highly-regulated partnership of government and industry.
So, then, what is he? Well, he's a fascist, just like McCain and Bush before him -- as well as at least 95% of the legislative branch (Democrat and Republican).
While it is true that the term fascist can be a pejorative label, given Obama's agenda, it is technically correct.