David Brooks says that Obama doesn’t need his audience’s love – but he gives it to him anyway.
This was not evident back in the â€œfierce urgency of nowâ€ days, but it is now. And it is easy to sketch out a scenario in which he could be a great president. He would be untroubled by self-destructive demons or indiscipline. With that cool manner, he would see reality unfiltered. He could gather â€” already has gathered â€” some of the smartest minds in public policy, and, untroubled by intellectual insecurity, he could give them free rein. Though he is young, it is easy to imagine him at the cabinet table, leading a subtle discussion of some long-term problem.