When Barack Obama was elected President, people across the globe anticipated the coming of a new age of American liberalism and bipartisanship. Yet two years after his inauguration, the nation is experiencing a conservative resurgence of dramatic proportions. With Republicans consistently opposing the president’s main platforms and Democrats accusing the president of being too conceding, political disharmony is crippling the legislative process. Looking back to historical political shifts, experts will examine the current political climate, such as the Tea Party movement, and discuss what’s happening to President Obama’s promise of “Change We Can Believe In.”
Beverly Gage is associate professor of 20th-century U.S. history at Yale, where she teaches courses in American conservatism and 20th-century American politics.
Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale and the author of America’s Constitution: A Biography.
Jonathan Alter is Senior Editor at Newsweek and a contributing correspondent for NBC News. He is the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One.
Christopher Caldwell is a columnist for the Financial Times, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and a senior editor at the Weekly Standard.
Lesley Stahl (moderator) has been a correspondent for 60 Minutes since 1991 and is a former CBS News White House correspondent.