Here are some belated thoughts on President Obama's trip to China last week.
Remember when Obama said it would be easier for him if he were President of China?
That stemmed from a New York Times article co-written by Mark Landler and Helene Cooper in March 2011 titled, "Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East". Judging by both the title of the article and its content, it is nearly indistinguishable from the thousands of puff pieces written in the pages of The Gray Lady about the 44th President. The opening paragraph describes Obama as "the transformative historical figure". Not a transformational historical figure mind you, but the transformational historical figure.
Yet even these puff pieces one can occasionally find kernels of revelation. In the article's concluding paragraph, Landler and Cooper ponder how President Obama will balance idealism and pragmatism when it comes to the Middle East: