If you haven't seen it yet, go read the transcript of Barack Obama talking to Fareed Zakaria about foreign policy. I think Zakaria's hit the sweet spot right now on the continuum between IR wonk and Tom Friedman where he's accessible but also making sense and Obama shows that smart people look much better answering smart questions than silly ones. He's got a sensible appreciation for the realpolitik tradition and also for how international institutions play a vital role in the contemporary world. Plus at one point he sounds like he's been reading The Prosperity Agenda or, more likely, getting briefed by its authors.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.