Sheryl Gay Stolberg/NYTimes – Mr. Kessler said he did not think “the die is completely cast” for Mr. Obama. But Republicans like Tony Fratto, a former deputy press secretary to President George W. Bush, disagreed. Mr. Obama, Mr. Fratto said, has “already set his course” and “can’t help showing his real stripes.” Even supporters of Mr. Obama say it will take more than one tax deal to change perceptions about the president that have become ingrained in the public mind.
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