• His personalityI wonder where Obama would be right now if he'd listened to Rahm Emanuel and not coasted on his luck, his normality, and his personality as he let his party play him into making his whole presidency about health insurance. But yeah, there's always how awful the GOP is. Talk about that. That fiend, Ted Cruz!
... His smile remains dazzling...
• His normality
... a healthy ego, but ... longstanding ability to coolly assess his circumstances and then adapt...
• His enemies
... Ted Cruz....
• His party
• His luck
... As president, Obama overruled pragmatic advisers like his then-chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who urged him to hold off on a health care overhaul. “I feel lucky,” he said at the time. “I think we can get it done.”
Months later, with public poll ratings for his proposal in the cellar, Emanuel asked the president if he was still feeling lucky. “My name is Barack Hussein Obama and I’m sitting here,” he said. “So, yeah, I’m feeling pretty lucky.”
September 18, 2013
Politico writers offer suggestions for how Obama can "comfort himself" as he's beset by "the Washington echo chamber."
As if mainstream journalists have been so unfairly cruel to the man, they've got a list of "what’s still right with Obama."