Quick Take, Obama in 2012

Three Columnists Look Back at the Age of Obama

OBAMA 2012: HIS TRIUMPHS ABROAD

OUR GREATEST FOREIGN POLICY PRESIDENT?
RALPH PETERS

Our relations with the Muslim world have rarely, if ever, been better. The current $320 per barrel price of oil allows long-oppressed states to develop themselves without the yoke of neo-colonialism or invasive efforts to force democracy upon their populations. As UN Ambassador Ayers noted, “We can state with pride that the US not only respects, but embraces cultural differences…”

As our president remarked just the other day in a re-election campaign speech in Dearborn, Michigan: “Wealth redistribution isn’t just an American issue – it’s a global issue. Better that Americans should be a little poorer, if that means our brothers in Egypt and Bolivia can become a little richer.”

Under President Obama, America’s back!

OBAMA 2012: FOUR YEARS LATER

A LOOK BACK AT HIS PRESIDENCY
JONAH GOLDBERG

There are no shortage of recriminatory theories for President Obama’s precipitous fall from would-be messiah, to near pariah. Discussions with leaders within the Democratic Party, including prominent former members of the Obama administration, give a kaleidoscopic picture of missed opportunities, wrong turns and embarrassing blunders.

Meanwhile, in a sign of the bitterness within the Democratic Party these days, former vice president Joe Biden has not endorsed a candidate. But he did say that President Obama could be a great leader in his second term “if he would only learn that the square circle grows moss only when the fat man bathes in dirty moonlight.”

OBAMA 2012: A TERM OF FI$CAL PAIN

NICOLE GELINAS

This Tuesday, we’ll find out who wins the presidential election – Michigan Governor Hillary Rodham Clinton or Republican candidate Charlie Crist of Florida. An exhausted President Barack Obama will soon return home to Illinois. But he can do so in the knowledge that he tried his best, and leaves a solid foundation for the next president, even if most voters can’t see it yet.

Of course, it took two years to get these plans enacted. Despite the best efforts of Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Charlie Rangel, who wanted to save the remnants of New York’s main industry, Wall Street, Obama had to wait until after the 2010 Congressional election to cobble together a coalition of conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans to pass the plan.

In the end, any hope that Obama could boast of an economic recovery under his watch ended with the Great Inflation.

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