What Obama Can Learn From George W. Bush

James Fallows talks to Corby Kummer about Obama’s chances for reelection and the second-term lessons offered by his predecessor.

In his March 2012 Atlantic cover story, James Fallows explores the U.S. president's "central mystery":

Has Obama in office been anything like the chess master he seemed in the campaign, whose placid veneer masked an ability to think 10 moves ahead, at which point his adversaries would belatedly recognize that they had lost long ago? Or has he been revealed as just a pawn—a guy who got lucky as a campaigner but is now pushed around by political opponents who outwit him and economic trends that overwhelm him?

Here, Fallows talks to Corby Kummer (who edited the story) about what Obama has learned in office and why he might do well to take a page out of George W. Bush's reelection playbook.


Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is The Atlantic's digital features editor. More

Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, an Atlantic senior editor, began her association with the magazine in 2002, shortly after graduating from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She joined the staff full time in January 2006. Before coming to The Atlantic, Jennie was senior editor at Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel.

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