This Week's Issue: The View From The White House
TIME columnist and editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria had a hidden agenda when he sat down with President Barack Obama this week. His 8-year-old daughter Lila was doing a class report on the presidency. “So,” the President said with a laugh, “is this interview just a way to help with Lila’s homework?” Obama was sipping tea with lemon and honey and mentioned his own daughter Sasha to say he thought he had gotten a sore throat from her. “I’m not a hypo chondriac,” Obama said, but he did have his throat checked by a doctor. Nothing to be done, the doctor said; hence the tea.
Fareed’s cover story is a tour of how Obama sees the world. But there is no better guide to the world as it is today than Fareed himself, who is one of a handful of global thinkers who shape the narrative of our time. Fareed is a foreign policy realist who looks at global problems with pragmatism, a profound sense of history and a deep understanding of what societies need to be successful. Fareed sees Obama as having crafted a foreign policy that has been prudent and cost-effective, but he urges the President to get more ambitious in his vision. In addition to writing his Time column and cover stories, Fareed is the host of CNN’s premier foreign policy show, Fareed Zakaria GPS, which airs every Sunday morning.
With his latest cover story done, Fareed is off to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he will moderate various sessions, including one with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. We’re also sending a team of reporters and editors, including Time international editor Jim Frederick, who will host a panel on the future of capitalism, which will include Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, Carlyle Group managing director David Rubenstein and University of Chicago professor Raghuram Rajan.
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