Or not so lucky? Joe Klein grades Obama's first week:
Obama will win a great victory on the stimulus plan. But it will be his last for a while. By June, there will be grousing that Obama hasn't pulled us out of the recession yet. By December, there will be complaints that his diplomacy hasn't achieved breakthroughs. The President's best-case scenario is similar to Reagan's: that the bad news will begin to dissipate by the midterm elections of 2010, limiting the Democratic losses, and disappear entirely by 2012. Reagan was lucky in that way. Obama is facing more difficult problems and might not be so lucky. But at least, for the moment, he is paying his public the great compliment of taking his job seriously, focusing on the long-term substance rather than the bread and circuses that masqueraded as leadership in the recent past.