What a series of days in American life, full of savage mayhem, uncommon forgiveness, resistance to forgiveness, furious debate, mourning, and, finally, justice and grace. As President Obama led thousands of mourners in Charleston, South Carolina, in “Amazing Grace,” I thought about late 2013 and early 2014. The midterm elections had been a disaster. Obama’s Presidency was surely dwindling, if not finished. His mood was somber, philosophical—which is good if you are a philosopher; if not, not.
Obama described himself to me then in terms of his limits—as “a relay swimmer in a river full of rapids, and that river is history.” More than a few columnists believed that Obama was now resigned to small victories, at best. But pause to think of what has happened, the scale of recent events.Read More…http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/ten-days-in-june