Ed Driscoll

Obama: 'I Just Don't Know if I Can Do This'

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

Obama had always had a high estimation of his ability to cast and run his operation. When David Plouffe, his campaign manager, first interviewed for a job with him in 2006, the senator gave him a warning: “I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it,” he said. “It’s hard to give up control when that’s all I’ve known.” Obama said nearly the same thing to Patrick Gaspard, whom he hired to be the campaign’s political director. “I think I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters,” Obama told him. “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

— From Jodi Cantor’s biography of Obama, as spotted by Jim Geraghty last year.

The cover of the latest issue of New York magazine, as seen on newsstands this week:

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The underlying article is actually on Mr. Obama’s disastrous performance during his first debate with Gov. Romney, but how many people passing by newsstands (and not just in New York — I saw it earlier today in San Jose) assume it’s regarding the Obamacare debacle?