White House

President Obama's Great Strength and Biggest Weakness

At his best during crises. At his worst when ignoring the executive branch he needed to succeed.

Presidential poise.

Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Some of what Barack Obama was as President of the United States of America is beyond my expertise, beginning with what it means to the nation to have had a black president, and how he handled that burden -- on top of the already-impossible burden of the presidency. 

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