Joe Biden
Obama's focus turns to narrower achievements
Obama's focus turns to narrower achievements

President Obama stood on the banks of the Hudson River last week, dwarfed by the mammoth new eight-lane, cable-stayed bridge arising from its waters. Such mighty projects are a sign of strength, he said, and declared: "A great nation does these things." Yet as he marveled at the new bridge and assailed his opponents for not backing more big initiatives, Obama had only the tiniest announcement to deliver. His administration will improve interagency coordination on federal permits, he said, and has beefed up a website that tracks progress on construction projects. The moment captured a persistent predicament for the president who was elected six years ago promising hope and...