In this respect, at least, the country would be better off if Obama really did have brilliant oratorical skills.
Truth of the matter is, while the President is great at inspiring people who want to be inspired, he’s not that good at persuading people who don’t want to be, or who are going to be in opposition to what he wants them to do. This would be less of a problem for the man if he weren’t a fairly typical bicoastal, Ivy League-educated academic who has been operating in one or another gentle bubble of privilege since the age of ten*. Said bubbles do in fact teach many valuable life lessons. Learning to handle fundamental disagreement on core issues is typically not one of them.
Ach, well, it’s not like I need the man to succeed (or fail!) to feel good about myself.
*Although I do give him props for working in a Baskin Robbins while in high school. Admittedly, if he’s held a real job since then, it’s news to me.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.