Last week I shot a print campaign with a New York photographer who just a few days before had shot George W. Bush. He said Bush seemed traumatized by the job (which is only fair -- Bush traumatized me). Last night on “60 Minutes”, I thought the same thing about Obama.
Geez, Barack, could you be even more defensive? “We did what we did to prevent an economic meltdown.” No, you didn’t. You did what you did because you wanted to do (and want to do) Big Things. And health care reform, financial reform, the education and energy bill (I’m going to start calling it that instead of the stimulus and see if it catches on), saving the US auto industry, and freeing up stem cell research are Big Things. So say it.
As my 12 readers know, I love the guy. I worked on his election campaign. I think he’s doing a great job in an almost impossible situation. But he really needs to find a way to talk about it. Otherwise in two years you may as well hand the asylum key to the inmates.
If he won't, this site will have to do: