Is it possible to foretell how a president will lead based on a set of indicators culled from past precedents? That’s a hard call — but John Dean is willing to take his chances in his latest column about the future of America’s highest office.


Now the good news. After observing candidate Barack Obama, and reading his two memoirs, “Dreams from my Father” and “The Audacity of Hope,” I strongly believe that he is a prototypical “active/positive” president — under the criteria of Barber’s analysis. For that reason, allow me to further draw from Barber’s work, to highlight the portrait of an active/positive president’s key characteristics — quoting Barber’s analysis as follows — for it provides a portrait of the coming Obama presidency, if Barber is correct:

A conviction of capability. The President soon reaches the conclusion that despite weaknesses he knows about, he is fully able to meet the challenges of the job.

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