President Obama has made it through his first 100 days and via photo essays and commentaries performance is being judged.
He is skillful, smooth and exhibits a pragmatism which a US President needs if he is to move things beyond the status quo.
Although I question the merits in releasing the legal opinions upon which the previous Republican government based their interrogation techniques on I do think he has made an effort to draw a line and move on.
In releasing and denoucing he clearly sets out his philsophy and asks the world to move on with him. This is not about retribution for him although there are shrill calls from the usual suspects for investigations and trials. I rather think he has a gift for walking in other people’s shoes – would he have acted any differently faced with a similar situation ?
But back to the future. He has much ambition for America and the World and it requires all his energy and support from every quarter. It’s about new debates not old ones.
The next 1000 days should be fascinating.