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.
After a year focused on health care, procedure and polling, the House's passage of HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, late Sunday night clearly alleviated a great amount of strain.
Dick Cheney occupies a historically unique position: He is an ex-VP who left office electorally undefeated and has not sought the Presidency. As a result, he retains some of the trappings of an undefeated elder statesman.
Call it the "audacity of governing." It's time for battle. If Obama cares about the country as much as he says, and believes in his ideas as much as he professes, he will pull out all the tools at his disposal.
I have many things I feel thankful about in my life. But in terms of our country and our planet -- hmmm. Not feeling so confident, so up, so grateful. And about Barack Obama -- well I feel very disappointed. There, I've said it.