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October 05, 2012


Not Interested in Debating

Matt Bai: "Watching the president grimace his way through the restrained back-and-forth reminded me of a conversation I recently had with a friend in Democratic politics, who posited that Mr. Obama simply doesn't love being president. Not that he doesn't want the job or believe he should have it, or that its challenges don't give him plenty of cause for stress or solemnity -- just that he doesn't appear to actually enjoy the daily business of running the country."

"Mostly, what Mr. Obama seems to get no joy from, and what debates really demand of you, is the opportunity to persuade people that you're right, by making complex arguments sound simple and self-evident. This is why Bill Clinton's convention speech stood out as it did -- because it reminded everyone of how powerful an enthusiastic presidential explanation can be."












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