I will be discussing with Keith Olbermann tonight on MSNBC’s Countdown Barack Obama’s foreign policy scorecard after a pretty staggering week for him in Europe, Turkey, and as of today, Iraq.
I think overall the week was a stunning public relations success for President Obama — but comes up with more mixed results when one takes a look at the policy wins and losses.
I am considering whether to write a longer piece on this subject soon — comparing Obama’s well-crafted, uplifting, genuinely historically significant speeches which he has offered this last week in Europe and Turkey with the speech he gave in Kenya in August 2006.
I think that one can see how Obama has matured since 2006 and developed a shrewder sense of impact and an understanding of the consequences of his words.
Others may want to jump into this as well — and where my marker is (I think) is that the University of Nairobi speech while uplifting and lofty was reckless and showed a naivety about foreign policy realities that Obama today should receive credit for overcoming.
I should be on at about 8:15 pm EST and then again at 10:15 pm EST for those interested.
I will also post the video clip here on the blog after it airs for later viewing.
— Steve Clemons