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Obama's real tests yet to come

Business Times - 30 Apr 2009


Obama's real tests yet to come

Putting America's economic house in order is his main challenge and the one that may determine his political legacy

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

WHEN a future historian examines US President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office, he or she will not be able to point to any major international crises that could have tested the new White House's occupant's performance as a commander-in-chief.

It is true that giving a green light to US commandos to kill three Somali pirates and rescue a kidnapped American captain may have been another demonstration of Mr Obama's gift of maintaining his cool under pressure. But the incident and its successful outcome could not be compared to, say, President John Kennedy's Cuban missile crisis or, for that matter, President George W Bush's response to the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington.

And while Mr Obama did take Europe by storm during the G-20 …