Yes, we might

Barack Obama ascended to the American presidency in 2008 on a wave of optimism and idealism. Four years on, much of the magic has dissipated, writes Niall Stanage in Washington DC.

9th June, 2012
Barack Obama and one of his presidential predecessors, Bill Clinton, at a campaign event in New York earlier this month. Photo: Getty

Barack Obama ascended to the American presidency in 2008 on a tidal wave of optimism and idealism. Four years on, much of the magic has dissipated, and he faces a tough battle to retain office in the face of a determined challenge from Republican nominee Mitt Romney. What's gone wrong, and how can he and his campaign team put it right, asks Niall Stanage in Washington DC.

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