AirTalk for July 30, 2012

In Obama’s White House, the times, they are a-changin’

csmonitor.com

"The Obamians" takes an in-depth look at the policies and pragmatism that characterize Obama's White House.

Barack Obama was elected in part due to the fact that his message of hope and change struck a chord with the idealistic side of voters. However, as it quickly became apparent that a hyper-partisan Washington and a flagging economy were here to stay, the President has been forced to engage in more grounded pragmatism.

In one area where this is most apparent is that of foreign affairs. In James Mann’s new book “The Obamians,” the author details how different Obama is as a world leader than his predecessors. This is attributed to the fact that the United States is limited by both money and resources, and that the world is changing at a rapid pace. China is quickly gaining more and more influence on a global scale, technology is evolving at lightning speed, and citizens in several different countries are calling for more democratic freedoms and principles.

The aides who Barack Obama leans on for advice (the “Obamians” from which the book took its title) are aware of the fact that America is a different country and the world is a different place than it was even just four years ago.

How exactly does this perspective alter the President’s policies? Will America ever regain the global status it once had? Should it even try? Are you impressed by Obama’s handling of foreign affairs? Why or why not?

Guest:

James Mann, Author of The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House to Redefine American Power (Viking Adult)


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