From the article:
He came across as a young man in a grown-up’s game—impressive but not presidential. A politician but not a leader, managing American policy at home and American power abroad with disturbing amateurishness. Indeed, there was a growing perception of the inability to run the machinery of government and to find the right people to manage it. A man who was once seen as a talented and even charismatic rhetorician is now seen as lacking real experience or even the ability to stop America’s decline. “Yes we can,” he once said, but now America asks, “Can he?”
This from a supporter and speech writer. I think it is one of the most even handed assessments I’ve read to date on the current state of the Presidency.
I think it’s telling that the President chose to take an expensive 10 day trip to Asia (with no discernible purpose) immediately after the election instead of staying here to deal with the aftermath. A true leader would be rolling up their sleeves, setting up meetings with the new Congress and working on the tax rate issue which will effect the entire nation come January 1st if nothing is done in the coming lame duck session of Congress.
I know I shouldn’t do this but I can’t help myself. How’s that hopey, changey thingy work’n out for ya? Okay I’m done, I won’t do that again.