"This was supposed to be a short holiday week. President Obama pardoned two turkeys and his photogenic family welcomed the annual Christmas tree at a White House ceremony. But a successful trip to Asia found the president again preoccupied with the Middle East — brokering an Israel-Hamas cease-fire, both directly and through Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"Within hours of these diplomatic successes, the Egyptian president returned to Cairo and reminded both the U.S. and the world how fragile democracy and human rights can be in the largest Arab country. Is Mohammed Morsi an ally to be counted upon in a crisis, as he was earlier in the week? Or is he a demagogue willing to turn Egypt into another theocracy in the region? Whatever the answer, there are few short work weeks when you are president.
"On the domestic front, the president and key leaders in Congress are at least engaging in diplomatic-speak when it comes to revenues and budget cuts. And shoppers apparently did what they were supposed to do on Black Friday."
Last week's grade: B
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