October 25th, 2014
03:41 PM ET

Has Obama presidency met expectations?

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.

Wilentz: Yes.

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.

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  1. chri§§y

    And @ fake Joey...we need to place the blame for that where it REALLY belongs....with the obstructionists taking up residency in Congress!!!

    October 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      And why do you call me "fake" Joey, chrissy? You know I'm right about Obama. The facts speak for themselves.

      October 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm |
  2. American Patriot

    Fareed, talk about the cannibalism in modern day India. About human sacrifices.

    October 26, 2014 at 2:07 pm |
  3. Blue Saffron

    Fareed walks like a duck.
    Fareed talks like a duck.
    Fareed must be a duck.
    Quack Quack Quack.
    Merci, Mon Ami.

    October 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm |
    • flyboy

      Very intelligent discourse...Thanks for adding so much.. not!

      October 26, 2014 at 6:44 pm |
      • Blue Saffron

        This is above your paygrade, boy. Quit taking a smoke beeak and go back to bagging the groceries.

        October 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm |
  4. chri§§y

    I call you that because you are using someone elses user name. Someone ive known for many years and it has naught to do with WHAT you post. Its just to differentiate between to two of you.

    October 27, 2014 at 12:05 am |
  5. Pat

    Releasing 5 Taliban commanders for Bowe Bergdahl, was unforgivable in my book.
    Neville Chamberlain would have been OK with it though.
    Why do we have Guantanamo still open? Because all of the the prisoners there would cut your heads off, if given the chance.
    True story: they used to have to chain them to the center of the transport planes, because otherwise they would attempt to chew through the hydraulic lines in order to crash the plane and kill the pilot and copilot in their attempts at martyrdom.

    October 28, 2014 at 4:38 am |
  6. Pat

    While Fareed could discuss India's many shortcomings, he could also discuss the Indian Space program, or other great advancements, but be rarely does.
    I challenge the commentors to Fareed's stories to instead provide examples of Pakistani accomplishments. Before you do that you detractors are all just a bunch of jealous whiners.

    October 28, 2014 at 4:48 am |
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