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Obama: effective leader in trying times, or weak and ineffectual?

This response to Sam Tanenhaus’s defence of Obama will be published as a letter in Prospect’s December issue, out next week

Sam Tanenhaus’s piece on Obama is correct in one crucial respect; his election, as that of a black man in America, to the Presidency, did change the way the country sees itself; and it did engage African-Americans and others to vote at unprecedented levels. Nobody can ever take that historic…

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