President Obama is nearing the end of his first term but for many the charismatic figure who galvanized the electorate in 2008 remains an enigma. Who is Barack Obama? A savvy tactician with a long view of the hot issues, or an awkward politician adrift in Washington’s treacherous waters? We ask veteran journalist James Fallows to demystify the man and place his presidency in historical context.
James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and former chief speechwriter for President Carter. His recent article, Obama, Explained, appears in the February issue of the magazine