Magazine article The American Prospect

From the Executive Editor

Magazine article The American Prospect

From the Executive Editor

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In November of 2008, the cover of this magazine announced that "The President Doesn't Matter--as much as you think." Our point was not just to provoke but to remind readers that, for all the expectations many of us held for the potential of a Barack Obama presidency, the power of the White House is not absolute. Institutions, ranging from the Senate to the Federal Reserve to the military establishment, define the limits of what's possible. The first year of the Obama administration has surely demonstrated that we were on to something. While the president and his inner circle are no doubt responsible for many of the disappointments of his first year, several of those failures can be traced to the forces of stasis and corruption. In this second year, we have a chastened sense of possibility and are beginning to look at areas where progress can be made while avoiding some of the obstacles.

A notable, quiet failure has been the promise to restart the Middle East peace process on a new footing. While the administration's declaration that a solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict was in the U. …

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