Time magazine's Karen Tumulty watched the Obama press conference yesterday and sensed some relief amongst Obama's key supporters...
The other sound I think I heard was a big sigh of relief from some of Obama's leading backers, who have been distraught in recent days by what they believe is Obama's unwillingness--and even inability--to show anger and passion when he needs to.
It's an interesting observation because it goes to the heart of Obama's style. One of his strengths is the coolness of his demeanour and temperament. It's the kind of quality you'd want in a Commander-In-Chief: grace under pressure and all that.
But the flipside of it is that voters can find it hard to connect with him emotionally, at least through the TV screen. Even yesterday, although you could sense a kind of cold fury if you looked hard enough, he didn't quite communicate, in his body language and tone, the kind of passion and outrage that were present in his words. I think this may have been in part a result of his tiredness. But it's also just his style. Sometimes, at least for moments like this, he'd do himself a favour by acting up a bit. Showing a bit of raw emotion now and again can be good for a candidate.