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How power changed a president

A year after his election, Obama's promise of change remains unfulfilled, and his country as divided as ever. But he could yet be one of the greatest presidents America has ever had

By James Crabtree   November 2009

Read James Crabtree’s Obama anniversary blog, arguing why—despite the setbacks—the president is doing just fine

One year on from his election victory, how should we judge President Barack Obama? He has passed a $787bn (£500bn) stimulus package and a $3.4 trillion budget, bailed out America’s floundering car makers, and launched landmark legislation to reform healthcare, tighten regulation on a crippled financial sector, and cut greenhouse gases. Against a backdrop of economic chaos and partisan division, and especially if some form of health reform passes by the end of the year, Obama’s early record will look impressive. It’s been a…

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