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  •  a couple of points (12+ / 0-)

    it is Gene Sperling, not Sparling

    Obama has quite a ways to go to match being underrated as badly as was Truman during his time in office, when historians now consider him a near-great president for what he accomplished

    that said, the nature of the 24 hour news cycle, and the hunger after the disappointments of the CLinton presidency and 8 years of Shrub placed some liberal expectations on an unrealistic level

    that said, Obama still bears responsibility for not leaning more heavily on Harry Reid when the Dems had 59 votes nominally and access to some Republican votes, BEFORE the election of 2010.  Friends in the House of Representatives were very angry at the administration for making them take hard votes but then letting those bills die in the Senate without a vote.

    The White House did a piss-poor job of handling health care in the opinion of many, and had they done a better job on that 2010 would have been no where near as bad, and the Dems might even have held the House.  Remember, the way it was handled allowed the tea party anger to build and depressed the Democratic turnout.

    The implications were not only the loss of the House, but what happened in Governor's races and state legislatures.

    so I am sorry - while I agree with the criticisms of people like Greenwald and Ugyer to some degree, I think Obama and his White House bear a large amount of responsibility for the troubles in which he found himself, and thus I do not think he has been so badly underrated.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 04:07:27 AM PST

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