It often seems that President Barack Obama can’t win for trying. His presidency seems stalled, lacking momentum. His own laid-back style contributes to this feeling of fatigue, both his and the nation’s.
On the campaign trail, he is vigorous and in command, but when the campaign is over, so is the passion and the bounce, the clarion call to action. More often than not, he seems the professor in residence, not the president in the White House. Woodrow Wilson, not Teddy Roosevelt.