Well, the Obama public image masters have finally done something right for a change.
After repeatedly presenting Obama the snarling partisan ripping into Republicans for . . . partisanship . . . the O Team at last put their man in his best light, offering up a statesman and an inspirer to speak to the Disabled American Veterans conference in Atlanta.
At one point, he noted an “Amen!” interjection from the crowd, followed by a series of “right on”-type punctuations to his remarks typical of black Baptist churches, and he drifted ever so slightly into the cadence of an African American preacher.
It was certainly nice to see Obama get as passionate about his role as commander in chief as he gets about electric vehicles.
While he greedily claimed credit for Iraq war successes without a tip of the hat to former President Bush, who set the table on Iraq so Obama mainly had to eat, the president at least avoided blaming problems on his opponents and put forward the kind of unifying message that got him elected in the first place.
Remember, our nation has had vigorous debates about the Iraq war. There are patriots who supported going to war, and patriots who opposed it.
But there has never been any daylight between us when it comes to supporting the more than 1 million Americans in uniform who have served in Iraq; far more than any conflict since Vietnam.
There are two Obamas on the public stage, and it is to his detriment. Believe me, there are staffers of his with a sure penchant for meanness and partisanship. When they rule the day, he does worse for himself politically.
But of course, they don’t rule on their own. He lets them. It makes you wonder if this youthful and inexperienced president really knows who he is.