"Sen. Barack Obama was first elected to the presidency to extricate the U.S. from foreign wars, to address the health care crisis, to turn the nation around from its worst economic crisis in 80 years, to lead by consensus not by partisanship, and to provide the audacity of hope.
"This week he looks at an Iraq that is engaged in a bloody civil war and about to be partitioned; a firestorm over his negotiating with the Taliban to release a POW in exchange for five of their leaders; and Russia and China in a closer relationship than ever. The President is powerless to engage Americans in Syria, in South Sudan, in Ukraine, in Nigeria, or anywhere innocents are suffering. There is little the U.S. can do to make things better in these hot spots or to build consensus at home.
"Mr. Obama's poll numbers are down a tick, yet the GOP just ensured this week that its ideological schism continues. With the GOP primary defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor the president's hope for immigration reform are as good as dead.
“In all, this was a week in which both audacity and hope took a beating."
Grade — D-
Zogby is the senior analyst for Zogby Analytics and author (with Joan Snyder Kuhl) of "The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing our Millennial Generation."Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.