I didn't think anything could be worse in a President than the penchant for malapropisms that George W. Bush had. There is. An articulate President who has a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth time after time. I expect it of Joe Biden; he's known for it. I did not expect it of Obama. Perhaps if he spent more time in the oval office then on the campaign trail or doing fluff television they wouldn't be quite so evident.
Here's my problem. It's not so much he tries to make jokes that fall flat or that he needs his teleprompter to assure that he comes across as articulate rather than bumbling, it's that it's beginning to look like he's out of touch with the economic mess he's given over to his minions to solve.
Wanting to focus on his agenda is admirable and selling it to the people is important but until and unless the economic mess at least stabilizes all else is for naught.
So please, Mr. President, set aside your March Madness brackets and your warm and fuzzy interviews with Jay Leno and roll up your sleeves and keep tabs on the likes of Mr. Geitner and Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank, et al. They all need the strong hand of leadership. At present they are either in over their heads, pushing their own agendas or obfuscating their culpability as part of the problem.
Leaving the daily nitty gritty to your chief of staff does not serve you or the country well. While being willing to delegate is important, who you delegate to is equally so. Your chief of staff wasn't elected and is not President. You are. Isn't it time to stop campaigning and racking up photo ops and start functioning in that capacity?