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01.19.10

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 Footsteps
By 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 Wrong
By Mort Zuckerman

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

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Downhill After His Election
By 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 Out
By 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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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21:  Larry Flynt attends an evening with Larry King & friends charity fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton on November 21, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Chad Buchanan

A Betrayal of Promises
By 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 Disappointment
By 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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