Like many leaders, President Obama's strength and his weakness are one and the same. He stayed cool when the country needed him to be cool during the most frightening moments of the economic crisis, and ensured that the right people made the right decisions, putting the long-term national interest ahead of short-term political pressures.
But now, a year later, people are still hurting, many are jobless and many more anxious about health care, their families and their futures. Again President Obama keeps his cool. But what the moment requires, in addition to sound policy, is less an even temper and instead more passion, perhaps even anger at how banks and other interests have profited, to give people confidence that their leader knows what they're going through, can identify with their hardship, and shares their sense of urgency.
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