The Status Report: Assessing the Obama Administration?s First Year
Source: The Brookings Institution
During the presidential transition, Brookings scholars wrote a series of policy recommendations in 12 memos to incoming President Barack Obama. In January 2010, one year into the new presidency, our experts rated the progress of the new administration on those same issues in The Status Report, a series of daily commentary and video.
Each of the items below provides an assessment of President Obama?s performance in light of recommendations made during the Presidential Transition.
In the wake of Tuesday?s game-changing Republican victory in Massachusetts I?ve been inundated with expressions of bafflement from perplexed Europeans. How is it, they ask incredulously, that one year after Barack Obama came into office on a wave of popular euphoria, he has somehow come to attract the rage of the very Americans he?s been trying to help. So for my European readers, I?ll make an attempt to explain what?s going on ? particularly in light of that fact that I?ve seen some pretty inept analysis from the British media over the past two days.
How clueless can you be? U.S. military spokesman John Redfield says he doesn’t see a problem with American troops using gun sights that have the numbers of Bible verses inscribed on them:
US President Barack Obama took office one year ago. The world had high hopes for his policies and has been let down, some commentators write. Others advise patience on the solution of global problems.
After last night’s beating at the hands of the people of Massachusetts, President Obama is keeping his head down.
Any public event reflecting on his first year in office would have been both unseemly and uncomfortable. So there wasn’t one.