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First Newsweek, now Foreign Policy calls Obama 'Second Coming'

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

First it was the American mainstream media. Now Europe's media class is giving President Obama God-like qualities.

Foreign Policy Magazine has just delivered its new issue, and like Newsweek before, FP dubs Obama "The Second Coming." It includes stories about the 10 things the president can do now "to make the world a better place."

Among the ideas: "Fix American Democracy." That includes changing our election system.

"It's tempting to argue, in the wake of President Obama's victory, powered by more than 4 million small donors, that in fact Big Money can't buy elections. But this isn't really true for democracy in America, of course. A tiny, unrepresentative sliver of the population provides the vast bulk of funding for election campaigns. Lobbyists outnumber members of Congress by at least 25 to 1. And despite fresh rhetoric about open government, much of what Washington does with taxpayer dollars is still veiled in obscurity, if not outright secrecy. Consequently, the whole national conversation about issues is tilted far from the concerns of ordinary Americans, with results that are similarly skewed. Ask Americans about the economy, for example, and polls show they want a raise in the minimum wage. But ask politicians, and they're more focused on the concerns of investors, who want to keep capital gains tax rates low."