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The press, and a swirl of events, wouldn't let it happen Friday.
In a Friday press conference the president answers the question: "Has the United States of America lost its influence in the world? Have you, yours?"
The president also addressed post-9/11 America, saying, "We tortured some folks."
Style matters in politics, and a fresh one might help Obama break out of his malaise.
"Today is a reminder that the United States means what it says," the president said Tuesday at the White House while announcing new sanctions.
The White House lost moral ground by working with congressional Democrats to convert fear to cash.
California needs acting governors whenever the real one leaves the state. The U.S. has only needed acting presidents when the real ones get colonoscopies.