A majority of Democratic Congressional Insiders thought Obama could have hardly done a better job in managing the delicate foreign policy dance. "He was walking a tightrope," said a Democratic Member of Congress. "The easy answer would have been to support an ally, but he knew that it was unacceptable. He was forceful and the end result shows that."
Added another Democrat, "After 30 years of U.S. support of Egyptian autocracy at the expensive of democracy President Obama is appropriately promoting a populace-centric approach."
Republicans were much more internally divided on Obama's handling of the Egyptian crisis. A GOP Congressional Insider who also gave the President an 'A' said, "Obama and [Secretary of State] Hillary [Rodham] Clinton, after a few missteps, got their feet on the ground quickly."
Another Republican Member of Congress knocked the president's grade down to a 'B' and cautioned, "The real challenge will be in the coming months when a military full of Mubarak backers must fashion a functioning democracy. Obama must stay engaged or this could go very badly." But some Republicans were almost scathing in their assessment of Obama's conduct.
"The Administration didn't see this coming and has no idea where it's going," said one GOP Congressional Insider who gave the president a 'D.' "We looked weak and out of the loop on the world stage. Maybe another apology tour is needed.
And another Republican Member who handed Obama a 'C' observed: "If that had been [George W.] Bush caught flat footed and veering from day to day on policy he would have been crucified. Obama gets a pass. Not sure why."
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