In Europe, even more than in the United States, Obama appears not as a politico,
but as as canvas which allows the Europeans to project their fondest wishes onto
a man they hardly know. Disappointment is bound to happen.
Josef Joffe is publisher-editor of the
German weekly Die Zeit. Previously he
was columnist/editorial page editor of Süddeutsche
his essays and reviews have appeared in: New York Review of Books, New York
Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, New York Times
Magazine, New Republic, Weekly Standard, Prospect (London), Commentaire (Paris). Regular contributor to the op-ed pages of Wall Street Journal, New
York Times and Washington Post; Time and Newsweek.