Now Obama is an “albatross.”

It does not surprise me that such a thing can happen. Think of the other Presidents who have become damaged goods during campaigns, including, in recent memory, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Remember Al Gore’s funny tap dance with his boss, as his campaign tried to benefit from his credentials as Vice President without seeming too associated with the then-current administration? Or how McCain similarly had to navigate the treacherous waters surrounding the Bush brand?

What surprises me is how quickly Obama’s legacy has become tarnished. (He has now failed to swing, through personal appeal, the Governor’s campaigns in New Jersey and Virginia.) Clinton and Bush were damaged goods late in a two-term administration; Obama is 12 months in.