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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Thomas Mann
There is something especially poignant about posthumously published works. Especially when we know how the author died. Who can read "The Diary of Anne Frank" and not feel an added measure of pathos at her hopefulness in such dreadful circumstances because we know of the infinitely more hideous fate awaiting her after her diary concludes?
President Obama's partisan tone on the campaign trail these days is a far cry from his idealism of 2004, when the fresh-faced Illinois state senator introduced himself to the nation with his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.
At age 35, Daniel Kehlmann is already well-established as a successful novelist with an international following. When "Measuring the World," his first big book, appeared in 2007, British critic Daniel Johnson went happily out on a limb: "Daniel Kehlmann has it in him to be the great German novelist that the world had given up waiting for."
With a set of proposals that will increase federal spending to $3.7 trillion next year now on the table, policy analysts, including some Democrats, are asking whether President Obama is promising more than he can deliver.
"Obama is right to move on a range of issues but ultimately to settle in this first round for what he can get. To back off much of his agenda now would be to shrink his presidency and miss any opportunity for transformational change," he said.
Thomas Mann, a Brookings presidential scholar, acknowledges "there are risks associated with a large aggressive agenda in times of economic distress."