[Ed. – Better question is ‘Does anyone’?]
President Obama ended his State of the Union address where he started his political ascent—offering to be a leader who produces can-do bipartisanship in a divided, dysfunctional capital.
“Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns,” he told a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. “Imagine if we did something different.”
Yes, imagine if rather than empty promises, the president could report two-party progress on big issues like immigration, climate change, social mobility, and the debt and deficit.
Actually, you don’t need to imagine. Such leadership exists in this country—just not in Washington. More on that in a bit.
Recalling the 2004 Democratic Convention address that launched his national political career—the one that declared there wasn’t a liberal America or a conservative America, a black America or a white America—the president acknowledged that he had not delivered on that vision.