[Ed. – Doesn’t he need to have one before he can rescue it?]
Barack Obama will be remembered as a historic, transformational president. But he probably will not be remembered a half century from now as one of the great presidents.
That’s something he’s clearly still hoping to change — even though it’s getting awfully late for him to move the needle.
Obama is clearly already looking beyond November. He’s also focused on his legacy. At this stage of any two-term presidency, it’s top of mind with any chief executive. Legacy factors into just about everything he does. Coming just months after the website embarrassment, which helped drag Obama’s approval into the low- to mid-40s, where it has hovered since Christmas, the last thing the president needed was another high-profile display of incompetence in his administration.
Bumbling on this scale creates an image that’s hard to shake. Just ask George W. Bush, whose legacy will forever be tarnished by (among other things) the perception that he was out to lunch while Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 storm, smashed head on into New Orleans.