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November 25th, 2009
03:27 PM ET

Obama at the tipping point

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Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

The fashionable critique of President Obama is that we don't really know who he is yet: That somehow, the eloquent and often-inspiring candidate of the campaign has yet to morph into anything resembling a memorable - much less transformational - president.

And so the polls are a muddle. The public still likes him well enough, but they aren't so sure about his policies. In other words, they are fine with this cerebral man as president, but still can't tell if his beliefs will eventually make them change their minds. They're on the fence.

Well, get ready to jump.

If there's a tipping point early on in every presidency, this is it. Obama is reaching the end of his first year - and a point where his decisions may well require him to stand up against not only his adversaries, but also his friends.

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