Time magazine released its list of most influential people today. For each Time 100 designee, Time assigned a well-known or influential person or colleague write a short essay; for example, Hillary Clinton wrote John Kerry's essay, John Lewis wrote Eric Holder's essay, President Barack Obama wrote Pope John Francis's essay. The vast majority of these essays were quite friendly except for the one written about Vladimir Putin by Madeleine Albright . . .
. . . and the one about President Barack Obama written by Joe Klein. What kind of bullshit is this?
"Rumors of my political demise may be a little exaggerated," Barack Obama said in April 2013 at a press conference marking the first 100 days of his second term. Things have been going downhill ever since. The President has had a rough year. His policies have been solid, especially overseas, but his execution has been sloppy to the point of disastrous. His decision not to intervene in yet another Middle East war — Syria — was prudent, but empty talk of "red lines" and "Assad must go" led Vladimir Putin, among others, to doubt Obama's toughness. At home, his legacy will depend on the success of Obamacare, and yet the historic incompetence of its launch nearly destroyed the program. But he's also right: we have seen only the first 66% of Obama's presidency. He still has plenty of time to recoup and thrive … if he can only manage to manage better.
That's it? That's all the President gets? I understand not wanting to be a sycophant, but the nicest thing Joe Klein could think to say about the President was that he still exists?
Why did he even bother? And why would Time let this drivel into its special issue? You'd think they'd be a little nicer to him considering he wrote an essay for them and all.