Barack Obama : The Bullpen
Dana Liebelson

Dana Liebelson: 4 failures Obama should remedy in his second term

The president no longer has to worry about getting votes, so he should start addressing the politically problematic things he ignored in his first term

Barack Obama : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: Deconstructing the 5 most ridiculous myths about Barack Obama

The 44th president has long been the target of misinformation, smear campaigns, and outright, bald-faced lies

Barack Obama : The List
The official @BarackObama Twitter team sent out this image of the president responding to Reddit users on Aug. 29.

Barack Obama on Reddit: 5 takeaways

The president makes a surprise appearance on the social-news site to take questions from users — attracting so much traffic that the site crashes

Barack Obama : Opinion Brief
President Obama: Determined to dismantle welfare reform?

Has Obama gone too soft on welfare?

Romney accuses Obama of dismantling welfare reform by offering states waivers on welfare-to-work requirements. Will the attack hurt Obama, or could it backfire?

Barack Obama : Analysis
While Japan's opinion of the U.S. has grown more favorable since 2009 (a net gain of 13 percentage points), the country has less confidence in President Obama (a net loss of 11 percent).

Obama's sagging global popularity: 4 theories

When he first took office, President Obama was a rock star overseas. Now those days are gone. Here, a dissection of his fall from grace

Barack Obama : Opinion Brief
After President Obama mistakenly called a Nazi death camp in Poland a "Polish death camp," the White House said "we regret this misstatement." Is a fuller apology required?

Did Obama taint America's relationship with Poland?

The president faces an angry backlash after he refers to a "Polish death camp"... instead of a "Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland"

Barack Obama : Opinion Brief
Jeremiah Wright says that, back in 2008, Obama asked his fiery former pastor to curb his public speaking because it would only hurt Obama's presidential campaign.

Did Obama really try to bribe Jeremiah Wright?

A widely criticized author claims a friend of the president offered Wright money to stay out of sight during the 2008 campaign. Too unbelievable to be true?

Barack Obama : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: What the Chen Guangcheng debacle reveals about Obama

The president surely knows that protecting a threatened Chinese activist is the right thing to do. But sadly, it seems he lacks the resolve to truly follow through

Barack Obama : Photos

From Jesus to Charlie Brown: 18 ways The Week has depicted Obama

The president is many things to many people, especially to those who edit The Week magazine. Here's a review of how our covers have metaphorically made over Obama

Barack Obama : Slideshow

9 presidential hot-mic gaffes: A slideshow

Obama is catching grief for an unguarded remark to Dmitry Medvedev. But plenty of world leaders have goofed up by failing to ask, "Is this thing on?"

Barack Obama : Best Video
Citing the accomplishments of Harvard's first black tenured professor, a 29-year-old Barack Obama joked, "How did this one man do all this?... He hasn't done it simply by his good looks and easy charm."

The 20-year-old video of Obama protesting at Harvard

Vintage footage of the young law student standing up for minority rights goes viral — and inspires a "gotcha!" from the Right

Barack Obama : The List
"I don't know what's in Rush Limbaugh's heart," President Obama said at a news conference Tuesday, "so I'm not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology."

Obama's Super Tuesday news conference: 4 highlights

For the first time this year, President Obama opens up to the media at the White House, hitting his GOP rivals on everything from Iran to women's issues

Barack Obama : Opinion Brief
Samuel L. Jackson said in an interview it wasn't President Obama's message that got his vote, but the color of his skin.

Samuel L. Jackson's 'racist' reason for voting Obama: 'Because he was black'

In an interview with Ebony, Jackson shares his views on the American political system. Not everyone is appreciative

Barack Obama : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: Obama is not the most polarizing president ever

Despite The Washington Post's rather preposterous claim, this president is not the nation's most divisive ever. Not even close

Barack Obama : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: Obama's 5 biggest mistakes

The president's Republican opponents will surely spend 2012 hammering away at his failures. So what exactly are they?

Barack Obama : Opinion Brief
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) confronts President Obama after he disembarks from his plane in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Jan Brewer vs. Obama: Is the president 'thin-skinned'?

The Arizona governor and the president get off on the wrong foot as soon as he steps off his plane in Phoenix

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