Obama’s populist crusade

As published by Politico on February 11, 2013

By Hedrick Smith

There’s a riptide running in American politics, and with his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama has an opportunity to turn it in his favor.

As fishermen and other seafarers know, riptides mark a powerful moment of change. The waters look chaotic. But riptides are pregnant with potential for the future. On the surface, the current flows one way — in the old direction. But in the depths below, larger and more decisive currents are running in the opposite direction, a new direction.

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