“Barack Obama’s progress”

“Mr Obama’s first two months in office are difficult to evaluate. But a few things seem pretty clear. This is a strikingly ambitious president: he wants to be “transformative” in more than just the sense of being the first black president. But so far his presidency has been vitiated by a combination of incompetence and a willingness to fall back on the very tactics that he denounced as a candidate. Indeed, his desire to be “transformative” may be contributing to his problems, distracting him from the economic crisis.”

via Barack Obama’s progress | Coming down to earth | The Economist.

I thought this was worth sharing. I feel so out of the loop on everything from news to sports to pop culture back home, so I have no idea whether this assesment is accurate. It is, however, pretty much what I expected to happen when Obama won. Sigh.

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