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Obama is doing all right; grade him well

Business Times - 22 Dec 2009


Obama is doing all right; grade him well

His admirers-turned-bashers should remember that he didn't promise to lead a revolution

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

IF YOU have been surfing American television news channels this past week, there is a good chance that in addition to commercials inviting you to take part in the shopping spree of the holiday season, you would have encountered another of those pompous pundits 'grading' US President Barack Obama's first year in office.

In fact, Mr Obama himself was asked to grade his performance during an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey. Mr Obama graded himself a 'good, solid B+' and maybe an A- if his healthcare reform bill ended up being approved by Congress.

'I think that we have inherited the biggest set of challenges of any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt,' Mr Obama explained. He was assigning himself only a B+ because of the things that remain undon…