And so perhaps the biggest change Obama has made is what one former adviser calls the "mood music" -- choice of language, outreach to Muslims, rhetorical fidelity to the rule of law and a shift in tone from the all-or-nothing days of the Bush administration. He is committed to taking aggressive actions to disrupt terrorist cells, aides said, but he also considers his speech in Cairo to the Islamic world in June central to his efforts to combat terrorism. "If you asked him what are the most important things he's done to fight terrorism in his first year, he would put Cairo in the top three," Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff told me.Mood music, huh? It should be clear to all by now that when it comes to "mood music," Obama has a tin ear.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The Muzak in His Brain
This about says it all, from the New York Times Magazine: