That was then. The Washington Post the day after Barack Obama won election to the highest office on the planet:
"The excitement that Mr. Obama generated among his supporters suggests a capacity to inspire and reassure a worried and divided nation. His efficient, disciplined and, at times, ruthless campaign suggests a capacity to manage a government beset by problems of unimaginable complexity. And his combination of intelligence and eloquence, along with his evident instincts for consensus, offers hope that he can provide the leadership the nation so badly needs."
This is now:
Washington Post: Is It Even 'Possible' for Obama or any President 'to Succeed in the Modern World?'
My, how the mighty have fallen.