It is true that U.S. President Barack Obama is the same and he is in the same White House. But the challenges he faces will not remain the same. They will grow faster than his children grow, and I imagine that he will face foreign challenges that are more critical than those he faced during his first term, and even greater than the challenges his predecessors, from the Bush the senior, ever encountered.
In these difficult conditions it is good that we do not have a new president who needs courses in Middle Eastern politics, which was one of Obama's activities almost every day with his morning coffee. This region's politics will likely continue to be part of Obama's breakfast for the next four years. The only difference is that he will be having coffee sour in the upcoming years.
This article first appeared in Asharq al-Awsat on Jan. 22, 2013. SHOW MORE
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