Elizabeth Drew reminds President Obama of President Truman's first rule of politics: if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.\
Update: An offline commentator asks: just whom is being betrayed here, and by whom? Interesting question to which, I suppose, I had not given much thought before I posted it. Betrayal is an important concept in the literature of social life: Shakespeare, Cervantes and Dante all pay attention to it, which fact in itself makes betrayal worthy of study. In this case, I suspect that everybody is entitled to a sense of disappointment: The President, the Counsel, the reporter and, oh yes dear reader, you and I.