Matt Frei for BBC News on this first anniversary of the historic election:
The old saying that you campaign in poetry and govern in prose was only partially true for Obama.
By late summer of 2008, he had already switched to prose. The cautious and calculating pragmatist who now runs this country was beginning to unpeel himself in those heady days.
Obama is not nearly as radical as some on the right like to make out and many on the left liked to think.