Barack Obama's first-year approval ratings have dipped below 50% (just like Reagan's!), his recent trip to Asia was deemed a failure by many in the pundit class, and The Economist labeled him "The Quiet American," asking "is he merely a presidential version of Alden Pyle, Graham Greene's idealistic, clever Quiet American who wants to change the world, but underestimates how bad the world is-and ends up causing harm?" And then there's the robot threat! Last week at the White House, though, talking to a group of competitive teenage robot designers and mathletes in an event to promote new initiatives in science and technology innovation, the president proved yet again that he has it all under control.
Monday, November 30th, 2009