Death of a Salesman

Being president isn't easy. A candidate can get away with speeches that are glib and vague. A president can't. "It's easy to sell ice cream," says Don Stewart, the spokesman for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. "It's hard to sell rum raisin ice cream." Obama's problem is he hasn't learned the difference.


Terry Cowgill

7:14 AM

True. A lot of presidents face this kind of disconnect between campaign rhetoric and the reality of governing.

For Obama, it is particularly difficult because, as Dem operative Lawrence O'Donnell has said, "Socialism is hard."