Fareed speaks with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger and author and historian Sean Wilentz about President Barack Obama's presidency. Watch the full panel discussion this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.
Paul Krugman gave this rousing defense of Obama...If you look at domestic policy, most consequential president since Lyndon Johnson. Do you agree with the basic outline?
Wilentz: I think Paul is basically right. But Paul and I have been on the same page from the beginning – skeptical at first, much more respectful now of what the president has managed to achieve. I mean, it's not spectacular, but a lot of people had very, very high expectations, shall we say?
It's hard to be disillusioned...
Borger: Including Obama.
Wilentz: Well, indeed. But it's hard to be disillusioned if you weren't “illusioned” to begin with. And judged on a more rational scale, I think the president’s done a good job.
Borger: Yes, I think the problem here for the American people, and I don't know how this plays out in history, is that when you look at President Obama, you look at the numbers we're looking at now, it's a question of leadership. It's a question of whether he has communicated well to the American public about his successes, which you could argue, in the future, health care reform will be judged as a success.
Borger: Or whether he's communicating with them about the problems, like Ebola, like ISIS, like Ukraine. And how you talk to the American people has a lot to do with how they view you.
Zakaria: And he hasn't, in your view, communicated well?
Borger: I don't believe he is. Less than half of the public believes that he's a strong commander-in-chief. Less than half of them now believe that he's a strong leader. And this, of course, will affect the upcoming elections.