Sunday 18 February 2018

Obama looks a lame duck as elections loom

Simon Heffer

THE shock about coming to America after an absence of four months is how, in that time, respect for and confidence in President Barack Obama has slumped. It wasn't good in March; now the effect of what one blogger has called his apparent "impotence" has taken hold.

It is not clear what Obama actually does. He isn't engaged with the economy; he certainly isn't engaged with foreign policy; he has abandoned hope of a climate change bill this year; he has seen his healthcare bill into law, but America awaits news of how it will be implemented; and he is under attack for a casual approach to illegal immigration, notably from the Mexican narco-state.

He has only just girded himself to go campaigning for his party in the mid-term elections. Last Sunday was the 100-days-to-go mark, and the talk in politics here is of little else. Joe Biden, the vice-president, has been nominated as "campaigner in chief". Why? What is the president doing?

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