COLUMNIST MAUREEN DOWD: Obama has become the withholder in chief

August 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm in Grand Forks Herald

Three years ago, Barack Obama’s unlikely presidential dream was given wings by rapturous Iowans young, old and in-between who saw in the fresh-faced, silky-voiced black senator a chance to leap past the bellicose, rancorous Bush years into a modern, competitive future where we once more had luster in the world. But fear has garroted hope, as America reels from the latest humiliating blows on the economy and in Afghanistan. The politician who came across as a redeemer in 2008 is now in need of redemption himself. Continue Reading