‘obama finds his mojo’

Daily Beast (John Avlon): Almost lost in the debate over the tax cut compromise was a striking moment of defiance and self-definition from President Obama.

It came in the final five minutes of Tuesday’s afternoon press conference … when he started to push back and passionately defend his approach to the presidency.

The comments offered an uncensored look into his frustrations with armchair ideologues and his “North Star” philosophy of governing as a pragmatic progressive. It deserves a close reading and a place on the Obama administration highlight reel.

…..the president took this final question from Jonathan Weisman of the Wall Street Journal. “Some on the left have looked at this deal and questioned what your core values are … where is your line in the sand?”

That’s when No Drama Obama got pissed and presidential.

See article for press conference extracts

….This was not just raw frustration but a cold dose of perspective from the man in the Oval Office. It was a declaration of independence from the professional left and a statement of principle from a pragmatic progressive.

….. either you embrace the politics of problem-solving and get the best deal you can, or the people who are supposedly trying to help suffer from the functional neglect that comes from noble failure.

He was on a roll … he took aim at the self-appointed opinion-makers of the media – those who have the luxury to engage in arm-chair ideological debates, offering contradictory advice with equal conviction, while he has the responsibility of actually making decisions.

….And then he dropped the big hammer argument for faith in evolving toward a more perfect union.

“I couldn’t go through the front door at this country’s founding.”

That’s when the air went out of the room and the president commanded the stage. Rarely does he get so raw and personal. Rarely does he invoke the specter of race. But there it was in a cold hard statement of eloquent fact that could have been scripted by Aaron Sorkin

….We are living in a time of grossly distorted fun-house mirror political debates, where the far-right thinks that the president is a Marxist and the far-left thinks that he is a Wall Street sellout. In this over-heated environment, the responsibilities of governing get downgraded as the country gets divided. It is time to start turning the tide.

When we look back at the history of the Obama administration, those five minutes just might be remembered as the moment when Obama started to get his Mojo back and set the tone for the next two years. The North Star approach to the presidency will allow him to reclaim the allegiance of the center while steering toward re-election in 2012.

Read full article here

11 Responses to “‘obama finds his mojo’”

  1. 1 ari
    December 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    that whole Press Conference was sublime. The President hit everybody, it was beautiful to watch. However the President always had his mojo, no need for him to ‘get it back’.

  2. 2 collegekay
    December 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    That’s about as close as the MSM will get to seeing him “angry.” I could really feel his frustration that day. He is trying so hard and all people (especially the Prof Left) do is complain about what he hasn’t done!
    I love my POTUS!!

  3. 4 Kelly
    December 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Whatever, President Obama never lost his “mojo”.

    During the last 2 years instead of stepping up, the dimwit journalists of America showed their ass. While hand holding the GOP MSM lost the fairness, objectivity, and any semblance of being smart that I grew up thinking journalists had. Respect, I have none for American journalist/media. When a quitter Governor’s tweets are news breaking to the long established newspapers such as NY Times, or networks news such as CNN, its time to reassess your career choice, or change your newspaper’s name to The National Enquirer.

    • 5 achieve
      December 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm

      Well said. The America media is a national disgrace.

    • 6 hgerhard
      December 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      My feelings exactly, Kelly. I don’t think the President ever lost his “mojo”, but just maybe – and it’s a huge maybe – some of these so-called journalists are finally waking up and realizing how much they have contributed to the problem, not to the solution.

  4. 7 achieve
    December 13, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I read the article, but the comments are just a vicious as on the other blogs. Had to get out of there.

  5. December 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I saw this Press Conference. I was amazed, I had no idea Prez could get this “pissed”. I guess he was fed up. I would be too with all this crap coming at me from both the Left and the Right. I was impressed and I felt great that he got them off his back. It’s like the bully syndrome, the longer you try to be civil the worse the bullying gets. He has had ENOUGH. He seems to be a gentle person but there is a breaking point with everybody. Some of these people have been trying, ever since he became President, because of the “no drama Obama” coolness, to piss him off. They finally got their wish. I kinda cringed when I saw the level of his anger with this stupidity. After I read this article in “The Beast”, his frustrations took on another light for me. Sombody else saw what I experienced and wrote about it. Great

  6. 9 Lovepolitics2008
    December 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    The left is angry that he seems more emotional when he pushes back against them. I think that it’s because the critics of the left hurt him ten times, a hundred times more than those of the right.

    I mean… he probably dismisses the right in his mind because they don’t even have their facts straight. But in the case of the left… he thought they would help. He thought they were knowledgeable enough to understand what’s at stake, what are the obstacles, how history teaches us change is the result of a long long process, etc…

    I pray that things get better. But I’m afraid the damage is serious. The tragedy is that President Obama can’t be the leader of the progressive movement and at the same time the leader of government. Not in this political climate of divisiveness.

    • 10 Kelly
      December 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      The sanctimonious on the left would and will be mad no matter what he does. As long as he keeps doing what is right for the country and not cater to the entitled on the left or right, America will be alright. Facts show President Obama’s policies have indeed put us on the correct track, so things are indeed better. No worries, haters will always hate. 🙂

    • 11 HopeOverFear
      December 14, 2010 at 12:18 am

      Obama’s dissapointed with the left because the left should know better. That’s what’s going on.

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