He has said that he "refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action" in Syria, but, as Hiatt noted, he remains a bystander as Bashar al- Assad goes about exterminating thousands of his fellow citizens to crush a rebellion against his brutal dictatorship.
Syria, Obama said last September, was "someone else's war."
On issue after he issue, he made big promises, only to walk away from one challenge after another. "You wonder whether Obama will wake up...and try to remember what, exactly, he came here to accomplish," Hiatt writes.
One of Obama's earliest fans was the Post's liberal columnist E. J. Dionne Jr., who has been one his biggest defenders and excuse-makers.
But now Dionne is criticizing Obama for being too timid and offering only small ideas in the face of big problems. "The real issue isn't that Obama is trying to do too much. It's that he needs to think bigger," Dionne wrote in a recent column.
One of the disappointments of Obama's time in office is his failure to lead a thoroughgoing reform in the way the federal government works," and to "bring fresh talent to its ranks," he wrote. "Alas, Obama didn't really try," he added.
But Obama likes big spending government just the way it is, except he wants to make it bigger, much bigger and much more costly. As for improving the way government works, he has utterly zero interest in that. His botched implementation of Obamacare is Exhibit A on that score.
But Dionne acknowledges only that the botched rollout of Obamacare showed the government's "IT acquisition needs radical improvement." Is he serious? The law itself needs to be repealed and replaced with a market-oriented alternative that is business-friendly and doesn't kill jobs.
Even Hillary Clinton is suggesting that key parts of the law's mandates should be reworked. In a speech before a health management group in Orlando, it was reported that Clinton "endorsed efforts to change some provisions that have become problematic," including the law's unpopular business mandate to cover all full-time employees.
"I would be the first to say if things aren't working, then we need...to come together and make evidence-based changes," she told a health care industry conference.
Is Hillary deserting Obamacare's sinking ship? Too early to tell, but she's listening to Democratic lawmakers across the country who are telling her the unpopular law is killing them politically.
One of them is Miami Congressman Joe Garcia, who voted for Obamacare, and is getting battered by his Republican challenger.
Garcia is running a desperate TV ad in his district that a Miami Herald blogger says is an attempt to insulate "him against claims he's an Obamacare apologist." Here's part of the text of his ad:
"Joe Garcia is working to fix Obamacare. He voted to let you keep your existing health plan and took the White House to task for the disastrous healthcare website."
Doesn't sound like Garcia has a warm and comfy feeling about Obamacare, does it? Not when he's on the GOP's most endangered species list.
By the way, this unusually defensive ad, which certainly isn't a full embrace Obama's signature achievement, was paid for by the Democrats' House Majority PAC. Ouch.
Obama seems to see the handwriting on the wall that his party may be in for yet another shellacking in the 2014 midterm elections. He certainly sounded defensive about the Democrats' prospects at a Democratic Governors Association fundraiser last week.
"We know how to win national elections, but all too often it's during these midterms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble," he said.
He's in trouble alright, with his disappointed supporters and his party's deeply dispirited base who are unhappy with his performance and have begun to turn on him.