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So Far, So Good?

Only 1,361 days to go.

May 4, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 31 • By FRED BARNES
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Obama is probably correct that confessing America's sins before the whole world increases our moral standing. But there's a catch. The effect is temporary, and even then it's only in Europe and democratic countries. Enemies, equipped with more fodder for hating America, take advantage. And terrorists, thanks to Obama's statements on torture, now know they can expect an easy time if captured and interrogated.

Presidential honeymoons don't last. Trouble catches up with presidents in many forms: unexpected events, screw-ups at the White House, egregious decisions, failures of policy, and worst of all, a bad economy that lingers. Obama is clever and persuasive, but he's not immune to the way the world works.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.