All the historical comparisons should remind us of how much better off we are than we were not so long ago. Obama's first year—unlike JFK's—brought no foreign policy crises. His swift passage of the stimulus bill showed he was no Hoover. His deliberation over Afghanistan makes clear there will be no Rumsfeld. And every day of the Obama presidency, we can be thankful that on one point, at least, Maureen Dowd is right: He's no Sarah Palin.
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