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Obama 'like a father constructing a swing set on Christmas Eve

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US President Barack Obama speaks on economy in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington on September 16, 2013 to mark the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis. The White House marked the fifth anniversary of the financial crisis with a new bid to claim credit for 'bold' emergency economic rescue measures it said worked better than anyone expected. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Vanity Fair National Editor Todd Purdum and Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris have joined forces and touched their rings together to create two pieces examining what's both currently right and wrong with President Obama.

Perhaps the most pertinent bit from either analysis is this one on Syria:

Obama has chosen a curious moment to run his presidency with how-to manual in hand, like a father constructing a swing set on Christmas Eve. Syria should not have been his Bay of Pigs or Bosnia, a foreign policy foul-up or crisis like those that bedeviled John Kennedy’s and Bill Clinton’s early tenures. This should have been a Cuban Missile Crisis or Kosovo, a moment to display the wisdom that comes with experience.

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