Upsides

Why Obama's Woes Are a Blessing

“In a curious way, it is a good thing that a little of the gilt has worn off the Obama presidency,” writes Sir Harold Evans in the London Evening Standard. Though he’s endured a brutal summer, “Now there's a more sensible appreciation of the limits of power but it is accompanied by an appreciation that will grow of the quieter advances of his administration" in areas such as the environment and public education. Evans notes that, even now, at his most unpopular, Obama is off to a better start than both Bill Clinton and JFK. (Evans is married to Daily Beast editor in chief Tina Brown.)