But last week we learned that he showed a little color in the press room when the gaggle tried to get serious about what he thought was just a ceremonial occasion. And this morning, we learn that he snapped at his own beloved sidekick for cracking his knuckles too loudly (the sidekick--that would be Rahm Emmanuel--apparently snapped right back).
As the president's therapist and meditation counselor, I would say: it's about time: nobody can maintain Obama's icy emotional discipline for long without sending his blood pressure into the nosebleed zone. As a heartless bleachers-seat politics watcher, I say: hoo haw, some entertainment at last. Hey, fight, fight! As a manager of the presidential image, I'd say I'm not sure. A few breaks in composure are probably inevitable from the Leader of the Free World. But a little of this goes a long way with the voters: snap just once at the wrong guy (or child, or kitten) and watch your poll numbers hurtle down faster than you can say "pardon me."
Update: Oh, and Joe Biden. Of course. But I think we see the emergence of an impressive pattern here. In all three cases (Biden, Emanuel, the (collective) press) we have creatures who are by nature impertinent, loquacious, and unhousebroken. Obama is none of these three. Yet he has made the choice, eyes open, to associate himself with