The Budget Skirmish & How Obama Handles His Role In Shaping Domestic Policy

04/17/2011 05:07 pm ET | Updated Jun 17, 2011
  • Elizabeth Drew The New York Review Of Books

As is his custom, President Obama erred on the side of caution in confronting this country's grave fiscal crisis. On Wednesday he gave a good speech far too late. What if he hadn't been so dilatory on a subject he inevitably would have to confront?

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