LIKE a lot of Americans, I’m sorry to see President Obama go. But in at least two areas, he was a real disappointment. One was his gutless response — or lack of response — to the housing crisis, which involved mostly looking the other way and proposing toothless acronyms while banks crushed homeowners struggling with the Great Recession.
His second great failure was his cultural policy, which remained mostly a missed opportunity. Obama and Michelle did make a highly publicized visit to Broadway to see a show, and the playlists he released were smart and wide-ranging. But he was hardly a JFK or even (yikes) a Nixon on this count.
This story gets at what I mean.