This is about the time Barack Obama becomes bored with his job.
He’s in his second year as president, and he’s discovered that even with all the powers of office, he can’t do everything he wants to do, like remake America. Doing stuff is hard. In the past, prosaic work has held little appeal for Obama, and it’s prompted him to think about moving on.
Quick timeline to illustrate his problem (and it is one, for him):
- 1996: Elected Illinois state senator
- 2000: Ran for US House of Representatives (defeated in primary)
- 2002: Began running for US Senate
- 2004: Elected US Senator
- 2006: Began running for President
- 2008: Elected President
Twelve years from state legislator to President may indeed be ‘meteoric;’ it is also ‘impatient,’ which is an assessment that the President himself might sign off on. More from York’s article:
At a Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Day event at Washington’s Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Obama brought up the fact that many people see him as almost preternaturally calm. “I have a confession to make,” Obama said. “There are times I’m not so calm … when progress seems too slow … when it feels like all these efforts are for naught, and change is so painfully slow in coming, and I have to confront my own doubts.”
Obama said it to be inspirational, but the fact is, in the past, that’s when he looked for a new job.
The good news is that the President’s interest in his job might rekindle if he’s given more of a challenge (if only for the novelty value). Having to face a Republican House and Senate next year would give him all the mental stimulation and focus that a person could want; and far be it from the GOP to deny the President what he truly, truly needs.
Because we’re givers that way.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.