Why greatness eludes Obama

, Volume 68, Number 1

Aaron David Miller
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Aaron David Miller served as adviser to six US Secretaries of State during a diplomatic career of more than two decades. His book, Can America have another Great President?, will be published this year by Random House

Aaron David Miller looks at what it takes to make a great US president and identifies three figures who made the grade. But without the right mix of crisis and character, he argues, the best we can hope for in future is “good”

Illustration: David Levene/New York Review of Books

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