If you’re watching the Presidential News Conference, I hope you will remember this particular mundane moment as well as I will: A reporter asks a ridiculously melodramatic question about what has surprised, humbled, enchanted etc. Obama in his first 100 days. Obama pokes fun at the reporter and gets a big laugh. He asks the reporter to repeat the question and gets a bigger laugh. The reporter is clearly embarrassed in front of his peers. Here’s what happens next: Barack sincerely and thoughtfully covers each point of the question. He thinks about his answers and articulates them with feeling. He spends more time answering this crazy question than any other in the press conference. No matter how minor and incidental, Obama leaves the man with his dignity.
Most days I think I’m a pretty good guy but, politics or no politics, I think Barack Obama is the man we all wish we were.