Michael Crowley writes:

In reality Clinton's trip didn't require much skill. The prisoner release was pre-cooked by the Obama team well before his arrival. All he had to do was show up and not smile too much. [...] Nevertheless, this was Bill's first big test of the Obama administration--and he passed. Actually, let me amend that. The first real test was whether Bill could keep his mouth shut and stay out of trouble in general, and for six months until now he's passed that one as well. It's a good thing for the Clintons -- but more important, a good thing for America, to see Bill making a positive contribution this way.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.