Saturday, October 11, 2014

Defending Obama

Paul Krugman, of all people, has cover story in Rolling Stone just up, "In Defense of Obama."
Am I damning with faint praise? Not at all. This is what a successful presidency looks like. No president gets to do everything his supporters expected him to. FDR left behind a reformed nation, but one in which the wealthy retained a lot of power and privilege. On the other side, for all his anti-government rhetoric, Reagan left the core institutions of the New Deal and the Great Society in place. I don't care about the fact that Obama hasn't lived up to the golden dreams of 2008, and I care even less about his approval rating. I do care that he has, when all is said and done, achieved a lot. That is, as Joe Biden didn't quite say, a big deal.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Compared to Snowden, Obama is a pale shadow of a man. Krugman drops a notch in my estimation, to somewhere about the level of Laffer.