April 30, 2009
The economy is still a nightmare. The military situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan are perilous -- and getting worse. But for all the troubles swirling around the nation these days, America has rarely seemed to be in such steady and capable hands.CDC officials have been dispatched to quarantine television critic David Zurawik from the rest of the staff of the Baltimore Sun, but it's likely too late. Baltimore journalists are encouraged to stay home if they exhibit any of the following symptoms: obsequiousness, an incessant need to gargle with mouthwash, or the feeling of being a "dirty, dirty girl."
That was the feeling that came across on TV Wednesday night watching President Barack Obama's 100-days press conference. Even on his best nights, John F. Kennedy did not seem as calm, confident and masterful as Obama did in an hour's worth of prime time give and take with the press.
As good as Obama has been in such settings before, Wednesday he seemed perfectly tuned to each shifting topic and tone.
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