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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 10:27 PM

The Case for Obama: Why He Is a Great President. Yes, Great.

Obama’s résumé of accomplishments is broad and deep, running the gamut from economic to social to foreign policy. The general thrust of his reforms, especially in economic policy, has been a combination of politically radical and ideologically moderate. The combination has confused liberals into thinking of Obamaism as a series of sad half-measures, and conservatives to deem it socialism, but the truth is neither. Obama’s agenda has generally hewed to the consensus of mainstream economists and policy experts. What makes the agenda radical is that, historically, vast realms of policy had been shaped by special interests for their own benefit. Plans to rationalize those things, to write laws that make sense, molder on think-tank shelves for years, even generations. They are often boring. But then Obama, in a frenetic burst of activity, made many of them happen all at once.


http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/10/barack-obama-is-a-great-president-yes-great.html

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Response to loyalsister (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:14 PM

1. Thanks for the Jonathan Chait article, loyalsister!

Bless his heart..

What can be said without equivocation is that Obama has proven himself morally, intellectually, temperamentally, and strategically. In my lifetime, or my parents’, he is easily the best president. On his own terms, and not merely as a contrast to an unacceptable alternative, he overwhelmingly deserves reelection.

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Thu Nov 1, 2012, 02:49 AM

2. He argues the case for reelection very nicely.

Excerpt ... What can be said without equivocation is that Obama has proven himself morally, intellectually, temperamentally, and strategically. In my lifetime, or my parents’, he is easily the best president. On his own terms, and not merely as a contrast to an unacceptable alternative, he overwhelmingly deserves reelection.

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Response to AtomicKitten (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 09:44 AM

3. I agree

I think he does justice to Obama's real strengths. The qualities named have resulted in conditions that some have found frustrating at times, but he has used them deliberately. Intellect, temperament, and strategic thinking have moved us pretty far in a direction that favors everyone, whether they know it or not.

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