That is what liberal commenters are asking according to Byron York writing at the Washington Examiner yesterday.
Here is York (emphasis mine):
There’s no doubt President Obama’s liberal supporters are worried by his lackluster performance in the Denver debate. “Everyone is in shock,” one show-business liberal told the Hollywood reporter. “No one can understand what happened.” The Obama faithful are offering the White House advice, talking points, pep talks — anything to improve the president’s performance when he next faces Mitt Romney at Hofstra University on October 16.
But for some liberal writers, the concern goes deeper. Perhaps Obama’s somewhat withdrawn demeanor at the debate was an indication that he doesn’t even want a second term as president.
Now, in the Daily Beast, liberal writer Michael Tomasky asks, “Does Obama Even Want to Win the Election?” After poor Obama showings at the debate, the Democratic convention, and a high-profile “60 Minutes” interview, Tomasky writes, “Someone needs to ask the cut-to-the-chase question: is he enthusiastic about keeping this job, or he is just maybe tired of being president?”
Perhaps he is. If so, there were certainly signs long before Wednesday night in Denver. A look at the president’s career shows he has never stayed in a job four years without looking to move on to something better.
York goes on to describe Obama’s whole career as short stints at this, and short stints at that. He has never lasted for more than four years at anything! I think you all know someone like this—it’s the challenge of achieving the position and when the boring hard work gets to be too much, they move on!
Read York’s whole piece, here, for the evidence and for the links. I think there is a lot to be said for this theory of what went wrong and I bet the O-man got a real tongue-lashing from Valerie ‘Rasputin’ Jarrett when he walked off that stage. I envision her saying to Obama and Michelle: if you want that mansion in Hawaii someday, boy you better shape up!
This line from Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas (Kantor: Obama escapes upstairs frequently to play pool in the White House, among other diversions) sticks with me (Obama was going back to Chicago for a visit early in his Presidency):
From the window of his helicopter Obama could see that his arrival had caused a major traffic jam. “We shouldn’t have come here in rush hour,” he reflected. This was too much for Jarrett. “You know what, Mr. President?” she said. “You may not be enjoying your new life, but I am.”
By the way, did you see the Saturday Night Live skit about MSNBC’s reaction to Obama’s performance at the debate? See it here and enjoy!