Magazine article The American Conservative

Barack Turns 1

Magazine article The American Conservative

Barack Turns 1

Article excerpt

It's been nearly a year since Barack Obama took the oath of office, and he's giving himself high marks--"a good solid B-plus," with plans for a generous bump to A-minus territory if his healthcare bill passes.

How does he figure? The centerpiece of Obama's foreign-policy agenda is a rechristened Bush Doctrine. Thousands of soldiers are spending another Christmas in Iraq, while a new wave marches off to Afghanistan. He vows to "finish the job" without defining the job, much less justifying why it's ours. Sure, he has given some pretty speeches and collected the Nobel Committee's preemptive Peace Prize. But he hasn't laid out a compelling counter-vision.

On the homefront, Obama hasn't managed to push his healthcare package through a supermajority Senate. His cap-and-trade scheme never sputtered to life. He did buy up a bunch of old cars, but so far his recovery program seems only to be benefiting Hillary Clinton's pollster, who was paid $6 million to create three jobs. Mainly, the president has opened the federal spigot wide enough to require Congress to raise the debt ceiling to $14 trillion, but not so effectively as to produce any real accomplishments in return for his crushing deficits. …

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