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    #1

    Hardly the effect one would expect a statesman to have.

    So, as he sets out in his quest for a second term, itís with an alarming drop in his popularity ratings, leading many to ask: how big of an underachiever is Barack Obama? The world is reeling under a global economic crisis, but instead of creative ideation one sees him lapsing into protectionist rhetoric. The entire Arab world is in the throes of a political upheaval, but he is a cautious onlooker. For a man who promised to bring a pacifist turn in world affairs, Obama has neither been able to make peace with the Arab world, nor keep Israel complaisant. Hardly the effect one would expect a statesman to have.

    Is the last sentence correct?

    Can a person(or statesman) have effect?



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    Re: Hardly the effect one would expect a statesman to have.

    Well, most 'statesmen' seem to think they have an effect. The effect they have on me is probably not what they intended.

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    #3

    Re: Hardly the effect one would expect a statesman to have.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    So, as he sets out in his quest for a second term, itís with an alarming drop in his popularity ratings, leading many to ask: how big of an underachiever is Barack Obama? The world is reeling under a global economic crisis, but instead of creative ideation one sees him lapsing into protectionist rhetoric. The entire Arab world is in the throes of a political upheaval, but he is a cautious onlooker. For a man who promised to bring a pacifist turn in world affairs, Obama has neither been able to make peace with the Arab world, nor keep Israel complaisant. Hardly the effect one would expect a statesman to have.

    Is the last sentence correct?

    Can a person(or statesman) have effect?


    Of course. The writer is no doubt feeling nostalgic for the statesman-like effect of a George W. Bush who did solve the economic crisis while pacifying Israel and the Arabs.
    By the way, the last sentence means "[This is] hardly
    the
    effect one would expect a statesman to have."

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    Re: Hardly the effect one would expect a statesman to have.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Of course. The writer is no doubt feeling nostalgic for the statesman-like effect of a George W. Bush who did solve the economic crisis while pacifying Israel and the Arabs.
    No, just comparing the man to his marketing.

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