US presidential elections

In US presidential elections, challengers almost always campaign on promises to correct their predecessors? mistakes, on both domestic and foreign policy. During the 2008 campaign and in the early years of his presidency, what ?lessons? did Obama claim to have learned from George W. Bush?s foreign policy errors, and how did he promise to apply those lessons to his own foreign policy choices? Looking back on Obama?s actual foreign policy choices, has he lived up to those promises? Would it be best to say that he learned the lessons taught by Bush?s errors, failed to learn them, or ?over?learned? them (i.e., made foreign policy mistakes because he was too determined to do things differently)? For whichever answer you provide to this last question, why do you think this was so?

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