Karen Coleman: Ineffective Obama has left his base disenchanted by broken promises
In February 2008 I met American friends in New York at a diner in downtown Manhattan. It was two days after Super Tuesday and the couple had just flown in from Los Angeles, where they live.
Over omelettes and sourdough toast we discussed the results of the Democrat primaries that had seen Barack Obama narrow the gap against his rival Hillary Clinton.
My Californian friends were buzzing with excitement at the prospect of the young senator making it to the White House to redeem America's reputation, which had been badly damaged by the incumbent president.