After a strong start, President Barack Obama has had a difficult few weeks as economists assess the status of economic recovery and Congress dives into the details of health care reform. Brookings expert William Galston, who served in the White House during President Clinton’s early months in office, noted recently in the Washington Post that “the administration is sailing into some pretty stiff headwinds,” with households still recovering from shocks to their wealth.
Now that we have reached the six-month mark in Obama’s Presidency, William Galston and Senior Politico Editor Fred Barbash took a close look at President Obama’s progress and answered questions about how the President is doing in the August 12 edition of The Scouting Report.
[Under Kim Il Sung's juche ideology of "self-determination"] no foreign country has retained a major presence in the North [Korea], other than in an advisory capacity.
[North Korean leaders] have a vested interest in maintaining the idea of an implacable American adversary [for its military-first policy]. It enables [Kim Jong Il] to explain why [North Korea is] backward: if it were not for the evil Americans, we would be x, y, and z economically advanced.