On the radio here this morning Bob Woodward was plugging his new book, called I think, 'The Price of Politics'? The discussion centred on Obama's effectiveness - it was quite interesting - Bob seems to be suggesting that he's been actually quite ineffectual. He made several comparisons with Clinton who used to love the grit of politics and made the point several times that Barack is too distant and aloof to be really effective. He also suggested that he's not strategic enough and doesn't seem to plan for things going wrong (and have a plan B up his sleeve). From a UK perspective - once you've got over the first black president and the fact he's not George W thing - he does seem to be a curiously blank space. (Mind you, the US, in terms of politics, seems an odd place at the moment.) Leaving aside the Mitt comedy show - everything seems stalled. You seem to be in the same space you were 3 years ago? Almost as if you're all waiting for something? Is this observation fair? Has he really achieved good things? Is he effective?