Is Obama Too Thoughtful for His Own Good?

In today’s complex, tumultuous world of global affairs, perhaps nuance and patience aren’t assets for an American president.


Ambitious or ambivalent? Patient or plodding? Disingenuous or defensive? A close look at the intellectual inspiration of Barack Obama, America’s 44th president — and how his worldview has impacted the world.

This week on The E.R., Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, and Kori Schake take a deep dive into the Rorschach-test president and the psyche behind the Obama doctrine with Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, inspired by Goldberg’s recent series of interviews with the president.

Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches international law, national security, and constitutional law at Georgetown University. Follow her on Twitter: @brooks_rosa.

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for the Atlantic. Follow him on Twitter: @JeffreyGoldberg.

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she focuses on military history, and is a former foreign-policy advisor to Sen. John McCain. Follow her on Twitter at: @KoriSchake.

David Rothkopf is the CEO and editor of the FP Group. Follow him on Twitter at: @djrothkopf.

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