A debate from the left on the Obama presidency
August 16, 2011
Political psychologist DREW WESTEN wrote a provocative op-ed in the New York Times recently titled, â€śWhat Happened to Obama?â€ť Â Â In it he criticized President Obamaâ€™s failure to use the power of presidential speech to win over Americans and some of his weak policy decisions, such as the debt-ceiling compromise. Â But other commentators from the left have taken issue with Westenâ€™s critique and offered a defense of Obama. Â Today, liberals on the Obama presidency, from his rhetoric to his policies. Â Â DREW WESTEN is a political psychologist at Emory University and the author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotions in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, and MATTHEW YGLESIAS is a Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.