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In various ways last night the president kept coming back to how being president is hard, how Iraq is hard, hard work, really hard, etc.
I see others have already picked up on this. And, for instance, Atrios quotes this passage …
In Iraq, no doubt about it, it’s tough. It’s hard work. It’s incredibly hard.
It’s-and it’s hard work. I understand how hard it is. I get the casualty reports every day. I see on the TV screens how hard it is. But it’s necessary work.
We’re making progress. It is hard work.
If one wanted to be ungenerous one might note that what’s really hard is being over in Iraq getting shot at every day. But the president did give the impression of being a little worn out.
I think we all know that the presidency is tremendously hard work, even for a president like this one who keeps notoriously light hours. It’s amazing to look back at the way the office ages the men who occupy it. But worn out and complaining isn’t exactly presidential or an example of strong leadership. No one’s making him be president after all. Maybe it’s time to move on. He’s punched his ticket. He can move on to the next gig.