When Silence Says More Than Words
I asked someone who has been close to Obama if I could interview him about his experiences. He said, “I’m not going to say anything that might hurt during the campaign.”
That’s immediately followed with this:
At the Capitol, I asked one prominent Democratic legislator what he had learned about Obama as a leader and a person that the general public did not know. He sat for nearly a full minute and then replied, “I would rather not say.”
Fallows later adds an observation I’ve long agreed with:
The sobering realities of the modern White House are: All presidents are unsuited to office, and therefore all presidents fail in certain crucial aspects of the job. All betray their supporters and provoke bitter criticism from their own side at some point in their term. And all are mis-assessed while in office, for reasons that typically depend more on luck and historical accident than on factors within their control. These realities do not excuse Obama’s failings, but they do put his evolution in perspective.
Of course, some presidents (like Obama) are particularly unsuited to office, in this case by temperament, experience, and intellect. The full depths of Obama’s ineptness will likely remain thankfully unknown, unless he should happen to win a second term.