Looking down this blog, one sees a catalog of excuses the left has made for Obama today — Greg notes Toure has attributed Obama’s performane to his race; Kate points out that Al Gore has blamed it on the altitude.

But perhaps the most creative rationalization goes to the Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta, who argues that Obama isn’t the same ebullient, charismatic guy he once was . . . because the job is just weighing too heavily on him.

If there’s something that seems shut down in our once ebulliently optimistic president, it most likely has to do with the wars. Obama is a naturally empathic individual, whose diverse, mobile, international background made him unusually able when it came to assessing new social situations and reading more than people say.

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