Jurek Martin

Insistent Reasonableness

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

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Comparing presidents is an old game. It is often played as soon as the new one sets foot inside the Oval Office or does almost anything. One venerable Washington pundit, even before the dust had settled on the Twin Towers in New York, put George W Bush in the same league as Abraham Lincoln, which seemed excessively sycophantic even by local standards.

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