Obama may want Americans to support strikes on Syria, but can he do anything about it?

Presidential persuasion is way overrated. … Obama, who stunningly reversed course earlier this month in deciding to put the resolution up for congressional approval, is doing everything within his power to bend the country to his will. But the truth — both of his term and of the modern presidency more broadly — is that presidents have a far more limited ability to change public opinion than many believe. [cont.]

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post

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