Experts who study public psychology say the next few weeks will be crucial to containing mounting anxiety. “Officials will have to be very, very careful,” said Paul Slovic, president of Decision Research, a nonprofit that studies public health and perceptions of threat. “Once trust starts to erode, the next time they tell you not to worry — you worry.”
—“Experts Offer Steps for Avoiding Public Hysteria, a Different Contagious Threat,” the New York Times, today.
QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President.
During these first 100 days, what has surprised you the most about
this office? Enchanted you the most from serving in this office?
Humbled you the most? And troubled you the most?
OBAMA: Now let me write this down.
OBAMA: I’ve got…
QUESTION: Surprised, troubled…
OBAMA: I’ve got — what was the first one?
OBAMA: Surprised. QUESTION: Troubled.
OBAMA: Enchanted, nice.
QUESTION: And humbled.
OBAMA: And what was the last one, humbled?
QUESTION: Humbled. Thank you, sir.
—Question asked by Jeff Zeleney, White House correspondent of the New York Times, at one of now-retired President Obama’s exceedingly rare press conferences, May 29th, 2009.
Related: Andrew Klavan: Helping the Pro-Obama Media Learn From the Past:
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And don’t miss Rich Lowry on “The God That Failed,” which somehow made it over the transom with the Obama logo stuck onto it above the Politico’s front door: “Most of the magical powers once attributed to President Obama have proven illusory. Doing more than any other one person to revive the Republican Party, though, is a genuinely impressive feat.”
Who knew Obama’s slogan in 2008 was: We are the kleptocratic socialists we have been waiting for!