Obama's White House Turns One

Sellout or Superman? The Daily Beast takes stock of the first 365 days with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Larry Flynt, Mort Zuckerman, and others.

Following in JFK’s FootstepsBy Doris Kearns Goodwin

In some ways, Obama has outperformed Kennedy, the president to whom he’s most often compared. But Doris Kearns Goodwin argues his gains are offset by his tenuous hold on his base.

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He’s Done Everything WrongBy Mort Zuckerman

Obama punted on the economy and reversed the fortunes of the Democrats in 365 days.

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Downhill After His ElectionBy Doug Brinkley

Obama’s victory in November 2008 set the bar for historic achievement. But nothing so heady has happened since.

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The Jury Is Still OutBy Fred Malek

Obama brought great assets to the office of the president. But McCain money man Fred Malek argues he has yet to deliver on the promise of his leadership skills.

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A Betrayal of PromisesBy Larry Flynt

Obama’s campaign pledges have gone out the window—as his administration has been held hostage by big banks and the military-industrial complex.

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A Post-Racial DisappointmentBy John McWhorter

Of all the hopes pinned to President Obama, only one has been fulfilled: a post-racial presidency. John McWhorter on Obama’s tough year.

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