Last night while drinking with Dale and jabbering with Jim, my eyes might turn to to the television monitors when hurricane or political news came on. Â
Once when I looked up, I saw Obama talking from a studio about his conversation with Homeland Security Â Secretary Michael Chertoff about relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Gustav. Â He seemed excessively earnest, dour almost. Â Then, CNN cut to images of John McCain rolling up his sleeves and helping out in regions hit by the hurricane.
The Republican projected a strong, can-do attitude. Â “Let get things done,” he seemed to be saying, “Yes, we can do a better job responding to this disaster than we have in the past.”
At times they showed the images of McCain and Obama side by side. Â It did not work to Barack’s benefit.
What struck me in watching Obama this time was how much less confident he has seemed in recent media appearances, particularly while delivering his speechÂ last Thursday night. Â And given some of his recent comments, I wondered if he were really an optimist who believed America’s best days were yet to come.