The Corner

Krauthammer’s Take: Obama Is a Failure in His Own Eyes

In an excerpt from President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, the president decries growing inequality and stalled upward mobility, saying that “the cold hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by.”

“You would think that’s the campaign speech of someone running against Barack Obama,” Charles Krauthammer said. “Obama is indicting the four years, the five years he’s been president. . . . Essentially he’s saying, ‘My job now is to undo what I’ve done in the five years of my presidency.’”

Formerly hailed as the “great uniter” and “the charismatic president who would bring America together,” Krauthammer said, “now he’s simply trying to hang on for quite small achievements, which I think in his own eyes means that he’s a failure.”

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