The President has an uncanny and enviable ability to compartmentalize his feelings and focus his attention. This was never more evident than last weekend.
On Friday, Pres. Obama gave the go-ahead to a daring and dangerous operation that had been meticulously planned since last August. Saturday morning the mission was abruptly postponed for 24 hours because of inclement weather. That evening, just as the Special Ops team was preparing for the attack they would execute within a few hours, Obama was regaling the White House Press Corps and celebrity guests with funny videos and one-liners. Clearly, the president was enjoying skewering the birthers and, in Jon Stewart’s words, gave Donald Trump an “absolute shellacking.”
Yet while he was cracking jokes, the president was acutely aware that the fate of his presidency was riding on the success of the mission.
Pres. Obama isn’t aloof; he’s incredibly focused. How many of us, despite knowing that the Rubicon had been crossed and the matter now out of our hands, would have been able to don a black tie and act as if we hadn’t a care in the world?