President Obama's one-year anniversary in office couldn't come at a
more discouraging time for his administration and his party. As
Republicans pick up a senate seat
in the bluest of blue states, Obama's signature issue, health care reform, may be doomed
. While most interpret the Massachusetts election as an unspinnable referendum
on health care and Obama's leadership, a minority have spotted a silver
lining for the president and his goals. They've also remained positive
about Obama's one-year record and his ability to refocus his agenda:
- It's Not Obama's Fault, It's Our Fault, writes Todd Purdum at Vanity Fair: "Sure, Obama has made his share of mistakes, rookie and otherwise. But
don't count him out--not just yet. For the fault, dear readers, lies not
in our stars, nor even in our rock-star president, but in ourselves: in
our impatience, our intemperance, our lack of perspective, our
susceptibility to the easy untruth and the quick fix. Barack Obama only
rarely falls victim to any of these vices, and, with luck, he may yet
save us from ourselves."
- This May Be Obama's Moment, writes Ed Henry at CNN: "In a strange
way, Tuesday's election loss could help Obama refocus his agenda at the
start of year two... It's a lot better for the White House to take its lumps now
and readjust priorities in the weeks ahead to avoid much larger losses
in the midterm election."
- Inherited Major Problems, Accomplished a Good Deal, argues the The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board: "Any assessment of Obama's first year must be weighed in the context of
the mess he inherited. A year ago, the economy was stalled in what has
become known as the Great Recession; today, there are promising signs
of recovery, even as unemployment remains stubbornly and unacceptably
high, and economists debate how much, if any, of the uptick can be
attributed to Obama's $787 billion stimulus program. Americans now have a timeline for withdrawal of combat forces in Iraq
and an expanded military commitment in Afghanistan - as candidate Obama
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