By Earl Plante on December 21, 2009
The pundit-class recently recoiled when the President had the temerity to give himself a B+ when asked to grade his first year in office by Oprah Winfrey. But given the epic challenges that Barack Obama inherited from George W. Bush and the urgency of action that was necessary, this was one instance that understatement and restraint was the order of the day.
In the beginning of the President's term, after a decade of being lied to and spun silly, it was understandable to be skeptical and gloomy about our nation’s prospects; Americans couldn’t have been blamed for being cynical about any leader trying to do anything of significance. Obama’s prospects seemed especially bleak when Republicans predictably branded him a socialist and a liberal spender.
But as a highly polarized December and year come to a close, the positive results clearly speak for themselves ranking this first year of Obama as one of the most prolific, profound, and pessimism-busting as any in American modern history bar none… JFK, LBJ, and FDR presidencies, notwithstanding.