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Robert Kuttner: Obama’s First 100 Days: What’s a Presidency For?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 27th, 2009 4:40 am by HL

Robert Kuttner: Obama’s First 100 Days: What’s a Presidency For?
The biggest obstacle for seizing the moment to achieve enduring change is Obama’s conception of what it means to promote national unity. He’s repeatedly declared that he would govern as a consensus builder. He wasn’t lying. However, there are two ways of achieving consensus. One is to split the difference with your political enemies and the other is to use presidential leadership to transform the political center. In his first hundred days, Obama defaults to the politics of accommodation.

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