Hating him has become a national pastime. His party was pounded in the November midterm elections. For the rest of his term he will face a Congress filled with Republicans who are like rabid dogs in their personal hatred for him, and all he stands for.
In fact, history will record this as the year the tide turned, not only in President Obama’s favor, but in favor of the Obama Thesis of Consensus, which he represents.
The reason has to do with a history paper my own son wrote in high school. He chose to major in biology, but his 11th grade paper contrasted the foreign policy approaches of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan relating to the Cold War and the Soviet Union. It was pretty good.
Kennedy talked soft power but used hard power, military force, both in Cuba and in Vietnam. Reagan talked hard power but actually used soft power, diplomacy and economics, jawboning the price of oil from nearly $50/barrel down to as low as $8.
The immediate result of what Kennedy did was Vietnam. Reagan got the collapse of the Soviet Union.