Keller @ Large: Does Obama Want To Be President Anymore?

October 8, 2012 7:03 AM
Keller @ Large: Does Obama Want To Be President Anymore?
" BOSTON (CBS) – Ever since last Wednesday’s surprisingly weak debate performance by the president, there’s been a ton of armchair analysis and psychoanalysis of why he seemed so half-hearted about expressing his vision for a second term and rebutting Mitt Romney’s criticisms.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Download: kelleratlargeoct82012.mp3

Much of it, like most commentary you read and hear about this campaign, can and should be quickly discarded in the circular file cabinet.

But one line of thought I’ve been hearing strikes me as worth considering – does Mr. Obama really want to be president anymore?

The Atlantic Monthly suggests “His Heart’s Not In It.”

On the Daily Beast website, they’re asking: is he “tired of being president?”

And conservative columnist Byron York notes: “he has never stayed in a job four years without looking to move on to something better.”

That pattern is far from unusual, especially in politics.

Politicians like Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who win a job and stay in it forever without any sign of ambition for higher office are the exception.

Ambition and restlessness are not only common attributes, they’re very much a part of the American way "

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