Likewise with his policies. Before the financial crisis, Mr. Obama ran on "investing" in education, health care, renewable energy, infrastructure and so on. After the financial crisis hit, presumably our needs changed, but not Mr. Obama's agenda. Suddenly, what America needed to do to respond to the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression was to again "invest" in education, health care, renewable energy and infrastructure. And now that the "shadow of crisis has passed," as he announced on Tuesday, the same investments are needed. Why? Because he said it before, of course.