"A little humility would be nice"
Not the American Way": "There is something way off balance in the character of Barack Obama. Something in the realm of zealotry, with a touch of megalomania, and perhaps an authoritarian impulse too." It's an excellent read.
There's another article in the NYT "Policy" section by Mark Leibovich, an interview with White House senior advisor David Axelrod: "Message Maven Finds Fingers Pointing at Him." As usual, Axelrod waxes defiant when confronted with critics who suggest that anything the ObamaTeam has done might be the slightest bit off-kilter: "Mr. Axelrod was often defiant, saying he did not give a 'flying' expletive about what the peanut gallery thinks." [Again, a little humility would be nice, but it's obviously never gonna come from Axelrod.]
Axelrod has a lot of influence with the president: he is "often at the president's side; he sits in on policy and national security meetings, and is routinely the last person [Obama] talks to before making a decision." He also directs pretty much everything that goes into the White House "message," directing the administration's presentation, overseeing polls, focus group, and speeches, and appearing on Sunday shows" (although of course never on Chris Wallace's show on Fox News which is watched by more people than the three regular network shows combined--hey Ax, maybe that's a part of the "message" you might want to rethink--just sayin').
So what is Axelrod's problem? Why is he failing to communicate Obama's "message" to the country? Anita Dunn, Mao sympathizer and former White House communications director, may have the answer: "In a campaign, you're not held to the same standard of actually doing what you say you're going to do," said Dunn. No shit, Anita? Who could have known.