“The analyst David Gergen said, “I didn’t think he was rusty so much as I don’t think anybody’s ever spoken to him like that over the last four years. I think he found that not only surprising, but offensive in some ways.” source
Given Gergen’s extensive experience in the Clinton White House, that’s a scary quote. What happened to John Lennon’s “Just Give Me Some Truth”? Was Larry Summers a “yes man” who due to his own career concerns didn’t challenge the President to his face? How respectful of the Office should leading staff be? Are there aggressive policy debates in the White House where people directly challenge the President or would that hinder career advancement? The President was once a Professor. Academia features endless bloody debate.
Last night was strange. I wondered if a national security emergency had taken place last night so the President was distracted. His opponent was able to convince many potential voters that Romney = Reagan. The NY Times is very worried. Take a look at their editorials today.