The White House has chosen, in other words, to turn the Commander in Chief into the Accountant in Chief.
Bad decision. Very bad decision.
Listening to the President roll out massive, tangled descriptions of one set of expenditures “incentivizing” the cost differential of a second set of expenditures was the political equivalent of clipping off a birds wings and then pushing it out of plane and telling it to fly.
Obama’s single greatest strength as a politicial has been his ability to speak in such a way that it makes Americans feel that we are soaring to new heights together.
Franklin Roosevelt had that gift. John Kennedy had that gift. And Barack Obama has that gift, too. And needs to use it.