Is President Obama Underexposed?

During the Middle East crises over the past few weeks, Obama has seemed all but absent

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Is President Obama underexposed? That's an unusual question to ask about an American president in the last 50 or more years. Presidents have been increasingly dominant characters in the daily news cycle—this president happily acceding to his place on stage, and more. But over the past weeks Obama has seemed all but absent, even as some hugely significant news events are unfolding. The tumult in the Middle East--particularly in Libya—as well as the budget battles on Capitol Hill are not your ordinary occurrences and would normally attract keen presidential attention. So has the president been too quiet? Too passive? Is there a strategy here, or is he abdicating a crucial role? I'd like to hear your thoughts on Obama and the bully pulpit. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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