Obama's Journey from Charismatic to Polarizing

The president is facing strong resistance from Republicans and some conservative Democrats.

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Earlier, he emphasized the humility he championed during the campaign in an op-ed published by 31 newspapers around the world. "I know that America bears our share of responsibility for the mess that we all face," the president wrote. "But I also know that we need not choose between a chaotic and unforgiving capitalism and an oppressive, government-run economy."

Whether his arguments make much of a difference in Europe—or at home—remains to be seen. But it's clear that charisma won't be enough.

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