The paper “ In Defence of Obama by Paul Krugman» is a delightful variant on an article on politics. President Obama’ s leadership elicited mixed feelings within American citizens and globally during the course of his two terms. The Keynote speech of 2004 set out his path to this much-coveted position leading to the unexpected success story of being the first African American president. His Persona, interest in politics, prize-winning speeches and ability to attract both the white votes and the minority voters was his biggest ticket as well as his ability to draw the working class to his bid(Tesler & Sears.
2010). One of the common phrases he used was, “ We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and the stripes and all of us defending the united states of America” to show that his leadership did not intend to favour the black population. In examining the performance of the president, however, there are a number of questions that many people have sought to answer among them the qualities that Obama brought to the presidency, the challenges experienced by a liberal democrat, his take on public opinion and lastly his major successes and failures.
Below is a review of Paul Krugman’ s article, “ In Defence of Obama” and the PBS analysis titled, “ Inside the Obama Presidency” . Review of P. Krugman’ s articlePaul Krugman who is a Nobel laureate and a New York Times columnist is known for his support of Obama’ s leadership upon unveiling the article “ in defense of Obama” . In his article, he goes into detail of the changes that the president has effected in a number of areas and compares him widely to his predecessors(Krugman, 2012).
According to this article, he states that amid bitter opposition and numerous likelihoods of self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the greatest presidents that America has ever had. Some of the qualities that Krugman identifies about Obama include, his ability to shape the future, to make things happen and to encourage and engage fresh talent. In addition, he portrays President Obama as a man that has built the new generation by showing the youth the importance of investing in themselves and their ideologies. With regard to the everyday struggles of a liberal democrat, Paul Krugman sympathizes with Obama as he has faced criticisms on a number of decisions that he passed despite bitter opposition(Theodoridis, 2012).
However, he congratulates him because many democrats have had the ability to secure seats in numerous republican strongholds. In addition, Krugman identifies that in the course of his term, he managed to secure the majority of the seats in congress. Despite all this, Krugman agrees that Obama was not big on Public opinion and in most cases made decisions based on his own intuition(Krugman, 2008).
A good example is a battle between him and the members of the Republican Party concerning the economic management strategy that Krugman believes eventually became a great policy. Paul Krugman also looks at some of the achievements and failures of Barrack Obama’ s leadership looking particularly at the health reform, the financial reform, the environmental policy, the economic management strategy and the overall change in the country(Krugman, 2012). To begin with, Krugman identifies the health reform as imperfect and that it could be better, but at the same time acknowledges that there is so much improvement.
This is in reference to the extended health insurance of up to 4 million to middle-class children and the 4.6 billion dollars set aside for the expansion of veterans’ administration and care in mental health among others. Making this policy was a huge step and to some extent faces challenges but has worked better than most people expected.
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