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November 23, 2013

Obama: A President in retreat

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One bad month does not a disastrous presidency make, but the challenge for Obama is to clear away the shadow of failure that seems stuck over his White House.

The goal for Obama is to be remembered as Kennedy, or Ronald Reagan, or Bill Clinton — presidents who overcame obstacles (Cuba, Iran-Contra, impeachment) — and not to be classified with Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush, who left Washington in disrepute and are waiting for historical revisionism that may never come. That is the task for the remainder of Obama’s years in the White House.

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North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize winner David M. Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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