I have a question regarding the usage of the definite article. Here is an excerpt:
Those were the days of lofty promises made by a hopeful candidate. Today, we are faced with the disappointing record of a failed President. The last three years have held a lot of change, but they haven’t offered much hope.
I think there are two possibilities of interpretation for the italicized part:
- A kind of disappointing record that you usually see from a failed president.
- The disappointing record that you see nowadays from the present president, who is described as a failed President.
Which of these is an appropriate interpretation? Or is either okay?