Will Obama's presidency wind up charting a similar course as Carter, or will he recover as Reagan did? Only a fool would even contemplate making such a prediction at this point, that's all that really can be said.
It's not only that Netanyahu is opposed to any meaningful Israeli-Palestinian talks; he and his neoconservative supporters in Washington regard Obama as a threat to their long-term goal of placing the Palestinian issue on the backburner.
November wasn't a particularly good month for President Obama in the polls. Not disastrous by any means, but not very cheerful either. For the first time, Obama's numbers flirted with going below 50 percent.
Racism is not the sole explanation for the hateful rhetoric that has been leveled at the President, it may not even be the driving rationalization, but to suggest that it plays little or no role is both wishful thinking and naïve.