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June 02, 2014


The Obama Paradox

Politico: "In interviews with more than 60 people who have had close dealings with Obama -- his aides, lawmakers, friends, historians, critics and outside advisers -- the portrait emerges of a president shadowed by a deepening awareness that his time and power are finite, and that two-thirds of his presidency is already in the past tense."

"The interviews, which illuminate Obama's thinking, outlook and choices as he navigates his second term, suggest a paradox. Often stymied at home and abroad, Obama recognizes that he is less in control of the Washington agenda than ever in his presidency -- a reality that has left him deeply frustrated at times. Last week was a case study, with the Veterans Affairs scandal and resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki eclipsing Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan and major foreign policy speech at West Point."












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