The title of Glenn Thrush's new book is "Obama's Last Stand," but according to a preview in Politico, it should be called "The Back of Obama's Hand." That's because the complainer in chief slaps down his aides for every wrong turn his administration has taken over the past three and a half years.
As you might guess, the mistakes are always in the politics, never in the policy. Over and again, Obama rebukes his political advisers and allies for their bad judgment.
When a political stunt by senior adviser David Axelrod flops, Thrush writes that Obama "scoffed to a nearby aide" that the attempt was "an ill-conceived 'spectacle.'" When the White House realizes that Americans view the administration as too political, the president's advisers commission a secret focus group to smoke out the real culprit -- DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who "comes across as too partisan over the airwaves" (an insult that says something coming from team Obama). And when the president gets "frustrated with the bickering by Hill Democrats," Thrush reveals that Obama "implored" Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to put aside their "competing political priorities."
The majority of these insider anecdotes could have come only from one place -- the Obama campaign. Why air these grievances publicly? The president wants Americans to believe that his campaign's failing are not his own. So much for that "new era of responsibility," which Obama promised in his inaugural address.