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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 5:00 pm

It is generally accepted that the Big Media — that is, major newspapers, television and radio networks, and the pundits who reach a large audience — have been awestruck with Barack Obama. The love affair continued for nearly four years although some cooling began to be observed in the fourth year. That was overcome with the feeling he needs more time. Well, he has been given that time, but disappointment is surfacing already.

The comments by pundits after the inauguration and State of the Union messages by President Barack Obama are interesting. Joe Klein, writing in Time magazine, said “a lack of visionary ideas” marks the state of Obama’s second term. He did say the president’s two speeches were “powerful” with moments of high passion, “a quality the president has kept in mothballs for most of his first term,” adding, “neither (speech) was daring, neither pointed the way past the rutted politics of the moment.” Klein pointed out the president asked for “nothing” from the people.

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