Last week was a good one for President Obama. As our national conversation quickly pivoted from Donald Trump’s fixation on the president’s birth certificate to the death of Osama bin Laden, Obama was able to rise above the partisan noise and make his opponents look petty. On MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show, The Nation’s Ari Berman talks about the president’s performance in the latest cluster of events, as well as the critical need now to discuss end games for Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

—Sara Jerving