Peering back through the mists of time, I noticed this Obama 2007 contribution to the national laugh track. Try to imagine that Obama once believed this, and try to hope that he no longer does. The context is an interview with the National Journal in which he makes the case for his own Presidency:
Let's start with his wisdom on foreign policy:
I also believe that I can be a more effective agent of change [than Hillary] in the diplomatic sphere in repairing the damage that's been done by George Bush, partly because I haven't fallen in to some of the conventional thinking that Senator Clinton did, which led her to authorize the war in Iraq and to at least give George Bush the benefit of the doubt when it came to his approach on Iran.
Q: But you also mentioned you might change the image of the United States in the world in the talk that you gave tonight.
Obama: Well, and I believe that's true. I think that the day I'm inaugurated, the world will look at America differently. America will look at itself differently. And that's more than just symbolic, that is political capital that can be used to make America safer, and to restore its standing in the world.
And The Once provided some insight on fiscal stewardship:
You know, Senator Clinton says that she's concerned about Social Security but is not willing to say how she would solve the Social Security crisis, then I think voters aren't going to feel real confident that this is a priority for her. And that's the kind of leadership I think that the Democratic Party has to offer in the years to come.
Yeah, Obama has been leading on entitlement reform, all right. Leading over a cliff.