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Memo to Barack Obama: It’s Easier to be President When You’re Not

As part of my gig as editor of Orbis, I am one of several FPRI fellows asked to contribute op-eds to the Philadelphia Bulletin. Here is something that appeared yesterday. In my piece I suggest that foreign and defense policy under Obama may not turn out as badly as conservative believe. The reason is that there are limits to what even the president can do. This doesn’t mean that an Obama administration can’t screw the pooch. Time will tell.

Of course, I may be completely wrong, but so far, with the exception of Chuck Hagel, the names I have beem hearing as possibilities for defense and foreign affairs cabinet positions seem reasonable. And I know a great many of likely lower level appointments in an Obama Pentagon and they are serious people.

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The Pentagon may be the exception to the rule. The lower level appointees at the domestic Cabinet Departments (especially Education, HUD, Labor, and HHS)will be ones to watch. Where will their budget, which already funds leftist groups, go?


Watch what they do.

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