Obama, however, is but an onlooker, disengaged but worried, mind you. (“I have this remarkable title right now — President of the United States — and yet every day when I wake up, and I think about young girls in Nigeria or children caught up in the conflict in Syria — when there are times in which I want to reach out and save those kids — and having to think through what levers, what power do we have at any given moment, I think, “drop by drop by drop,” that we can erode and wear down these forces that are so destructive; that we can tell a different story.”)
Think about that statement for a moment. “I have this…title…” Not, “I am the President of the United States,” but “I have this…title….”
It’s almost as if he doesn’t think of himself as the President, with all the power and personal responsibility that involves, but instead thinks of himself as somebody with a title – not the real thing, in other words.
And, of course, as long as Valerie Jarret is in the White House as his closest “adviser,” he may be saying nothing other than the absolute truth.
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