Gideon Rachman, Financial Times | October 14, 2009
Mr Obama's presidency is plagued by accusations of weak leadership. ++ Although rightwing assaults on a liberal president are to be expected, Obama's supporters are now also starting to question his ability to get things done. ++ Therefore he now "needs to pick a fight in public and win it with a clean knock-out." ++ In particular his promise to make bold policy changes on the Middle East and Iran, with little to show for it, have damaged the president's credibility. ++ Obama needs to seize momentum and start punching harder.