Charles Krauthammer: Obama just realized that big government is inefficient

Published: Sunday, Dec. 15 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

What bridges that gap is rhetoric. Barack Obama is a master rhetorician. It's allowed him to move crowds, rise inexorably and twice win the most glittering prize of all. Rhetoric has changed his reality. For Obama, it can change the country's. Hope and change, after all, is a rhetorical device. Of the kind Obama has always imagined can move mountains.

That's why his reaction to Obamacare website's crash-on-takeoff is so telling. His remedy? A cross-country campaign-style speaking tour. As if rhetoric could repeal that reality.

Managing, governing, negotiating, cajoling, crafting legislation, forging compromise. For these — this stuff of governance — Obama has shown little aptitude and even less interest. Perhaps, as Valerie Jarrett has suggested, he is simply too easily bored to invest his greatness in such mundanity.

"I don't write code," said Obama in reaction to the website crash. Nor is he expected to. He is, however, expected to run an administration that can.

Charles Krauthammer's email address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com.

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