Daily Archives: December 6, 2009

Bromley illustration

Barack Obama came to the White House with the ambition to nudge his country to the left – to make the US a bit less like the US and a little more like Europe. He recognised his nation’s great strengths, he said, but wanted to address its weaknesses. Inequality was getting out of hand; schools were letting children down, especially those from poor families; the safety net had too many holes, especially the failure to guarantee access to healthcare.

A revision to the social contract was required. But nothing too radical, he implied: it could all be put right without undoing the “American exception”.

The electorate liked the sound of that. Mr Obama won a comfortable victory, taking office with sky-high approval ratings and a remarkable sense of possibility. Less than a year on, voters are having second thoughts.

The remainder of this article can be read here. Please post comments below.

Clive Crook’s blog

This blog is no longer updated but it remains open as an archive.

I have been the FT's Washington columnist since April 2007. I moved from Britain to the US in 2005 to write for the Atlantic Monthly and the National Journal after 20 years working at the Economist, most recently as deputy editor. I write mainly about the intersection of politics and economics.

Clive Crook’s blog: A guide

Comment: To comment, please register with FT.com. Register for free here. Please also read the FT's comments policy here.
Time: UK time is shown on Clive's posts.
Follow the blog: Links to the Twitter and RSS feeds are at the top of the blog.
Schedule: Clive's column appears in the FT on Mondays and you can read an excerpt of it on this blog.
FT blogs: See the full range of the FT's blogs here.

Archive

« Nov Jan »December 2009
M T W T F S S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031