Remember the heady days of 2008 and 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 Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln?
What a difference three years makes. Approaching his third anniversary in office, President Obama looks more and more like a former president, our 39th chief executive James Earl Carter.
Start with style. Both Carter and Obama were mainly unknown to the 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.”