From Jez Byron: Barack Obama swept to power a year ago in a country that many thought was too racist to elect a black man, too corporate to elect a community organiser, too conservative to elect a radical, and with a political system too closed to let an inexperienced politician break a Bush-Clinton dynasty. But after the promise of his election, the political system has put the brakes on Obama’s change. He promised universal healthcare but had to step back from the ‘public option’. He said “the issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril,” but his Senate meant he couldn’t provide the required ambition at Copenhagen. He said “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America,“ yet he has had to rely almost exclusively on partisan support for his key legislative successes. This appears to be a case of an idealist meeting impassable political realities.

From Joe Dyke: So Obama’s first year in charge is drawing to a close. How has he done? In the first of this month’s contributions I shall be looking at his foreign policy, and particularly his policy towards the Middle East. Not averse to a bit of populism, I am going to go for an American-style gradecard……[Continue Reading]

From Owen Thomas: In response to last week’s rather lukewarm assessment of President Obama’s first year accomplishments in foreign policy, I come down far more on the negative side. In comparison with expectations, which were sky-high at his inauguration, the new President has failed in much during a difficult first year……[Continue Reading]

From Louis Connor: One year into his Presidency it seems that the jury is already out on Obama. For an individual who was elected as a visionary and under the banner of ‘hope’ only time will tell whether ‘hope’ materialised into real ‘change’. Ignoring the reasons for his election, one year is too short a time to judge anyone’s tenure as an elected President……[Continue Reading]

From Jez Byron: The opinion polls put Barack Obama as the least popular President in his first year since Eisenhower. Could it be that the corporate buy-out of American political institutions – poison from the interests of the oil industry, private healthcare firms and any other evil lobby that left-wingers could care to blame – has ensured that the sweeping change that Obama promised has been corrupted and prevented? In fact Obama has made a solid start and the best is yet to come……[Continue Reading]

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