“You wind up dealing with probabilities,” the president told Lewis. “Any given decision you make you’ll wind up with a 30 to 40 percent chance that it isn’t going to work. You have to own that and feel comfortable with the way you made the decision. You can’t be paralyzed by the fact that it might not work out.”
Reading Lewis’s article you’re reminded that Obama was himself the first Obama Delusionist. He can take an unoriginal observation, as he does here—nothing’s for certain in this big ole world, so you better get used to it—and make it seem as complicated as possible, draping it in “probabilities” and using the moment’s most fashionable words: He not only “owns his decisions,” he works in a “shifting model” and needs to “frame an issue” to create a “narrative” that might inspire a “conversation.”…
In making his decisions, Lewis explains, the president attends meetings. Beforehand, he is given a list of the people who will be there. Many people speak at these meetings. The president listens to their arguments. He considers the actions they recommend. And when he’s not satisfied with the actions they’re recommending, he asks them to come up with other ideas, sometimes on short notice. In the end, he adopts the arguments he’s persuaded by and chooses the actions he agrees with.
It’s incredible. Perhaps he is The One.