Pres. Obama gave an hour-plus interview the other day to Rolling Stone head honcho Jann Wenner. My main purpose here is to provide a link for those who would like to read it for themselves, which I recommend with the warning that it is long. (Pause here to note irony of your humble ink-stained writer of too many long posts warning you about someone else’s piece being long).
I won’t try to summarize it (couldn’t be done, it covers almost everything) nor excerpt it. My own (brief) reaction is that it is a reminder of how smart, calm and purposeful the guy is. Righties will note that the questions all come from the left. Wenner wants to know why Obama hasn’t done more. Obama wants us to appreciate how much has been accomplished. At the end, there’s a cool discussion of the day Bob Dylan came to the White House. And then a coda: After the end, after Obama had left the room, he came back in to yell at Dems and other progressives who, according to the punditocracy are so dispirited that they will sit on the sidelines in the midterm election. “Inexcuseable,” he called it. Also “irresponsible.”