Robert Schmuhl: History is waiting for the president it deserves
WHEN historians survey Barack Obama's White House years, this past month could prove a turning point in the trajectory of his presidency.
At home dealing with Congress and during his first international trip of the second term, Mr Obama conducted himself with more of a hands-on approach. Instead of keeping Republicans at arm's length or paying lip-service to the need for a Middle East peace process, the president became personally engaged, reaching out and involving himself in some of the thorniest issues facing him.
Beginning on March 6 with dinner for 12 Republican senators at a Washington hotel, Mr Obama, a Democrat, opened a bipartisan discussion on the budget, government funding and other matters.