Obama's Fresh Start: Substance Over Showbiz

Obama has shifted the focus of the presidency from showbiz to substance — at least for now

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U.S. President Barack Obama

"It is not something we're going to be able to do overnight," Barack Obama said as he sent his Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, off to the region. Or was it when he was talking about closing Guantánamo? Or, perhaps, when he was discussing the impact of his stimulus package on the cratering American economy? Actually, the President used a version of the line multiple times during his first week in office — a week that, rather than offering the catharsis of a bright new American morning, summoned the groaning image of a...

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