Obama Hagiography Watch: David Maraniss
If Dec. 14, 2012, was, as he said, his most difficult day in the White House, one unspoken aspect of his despair was a sense of deep remorse that, in the service of political survival, in the pursuit of power, in the obsession with avoiding traps, he had given little more than perfunctory attention to the issue of gun control. In word and deed since then, he has shown more passion and resolve. Perhaps the conscience of his late mother kicked in, her idealism finally overtaking his concern that people like her were too naive. Certainly [oh, yeah] the empathy of a father with young daughters had a transformative effect.
In any case, he comes to this term in a new place as a man and as a politician, not only forged by the experience of his mistakes but also more integrated in character. His will to survive is less likely to contradict his will to do good. That’s likely to be evident in how he handles his larger agenda.
So many facts not in evidence assumed one hardly knows where to begin.
But I like this part the best, because it's just such obvious boilerplate:
in the service of political survival, in the pursuit of power, in the obsession with avoiding traps, he had given little more than perfunctory attention to the issue of ________.
Could have been anything.
If Obama truly has a will to do good, be could start this way:
1. No cuts to social insurance programs and any cost savings returned to beneficiaries as increased services.
2. Social Security benefits become age-neutral
3. Lower Social Security eligibility for full benefits to 60 so young people can have those jobs.