There was a time early in Barack Obama’s first term when armchair analysts thought they had an analogy all worked out for the new president.
Obama, by this telling, was the second coming of Jimmy Carter, another figure swept from relative obscurity to the commanding heights of the presidency in a short period. Like Carter, Obama is an unrepentant liberal with a self-righteous streak and a tendency to look feckless on the world stage.
In reality, the analogy may have sold both men short.
Obama, for his part, has not come to be viewed by the public as the utterly helpless figure that Carter…
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