“Long before he became president, there were signs in Barack Obama of a tendency to promise things easily and compromise often.
“. . . the conceit of accommodating one’s enemies inch by inch to attain bipartisan consensus seems with Obama almost a delusion in the literal sense: a fixed false belief. How did it come to possess so clever a man?”
Thus David Bromwich in his essay “Obama’s Delusion” at the London Review of Books’ website.