A President for the Left?
President Barack Obama provoked a revival in anti-socialist and anti-left rhetoric on the American right. He had been exposed to leftist influences in his youth, and repeatedly referred to his “friends on the left”. Aspects of his domestic policies, such as his plans for a high-speed rail system and above all his successful push for universal health insurance, suggest that he could be labeled a man of the left. But considerable numbers on the left denounced him for moving too slowly in bringing home troops from foreign wars, and for continuing to authorize drone strikes. Obama was in some ways a president for the left, but he was not of the left.
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