Remember the heady days of 2009, when Barack Obama was heralded as the “smartest man ever to be elected president?” Remember when he won the Nobel Peace Prize after less than one year in office? Remember when more than one liberal historian routinely compared him to Franklin D. Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln?
What a difference two years makes. Approaching his third anniversary in office, Obama looks more and more like another former president – our 39th chief executive, Jimmy Carter.
Start with style. Both Carter and Obama were largely unknown to the wider American public when elected. Both campaigned on a platform to change the way Washington does business. Carter railed against the “three martini lunch,” and Obama against the “rich” who “don’t pay their fair share.” Both had a strong streak of morality and believed their motives pure, certainly above the base concerns of everyone else. Both believed the world began with their election.