President Obama’s approval ratings are down, his reelection chances iffy and his record under daily assault from the Republicans running for his job. But things aren’t so bad that he’s publicly declaring his anger at having to live in Washington as you might have thought if you read the official White House transcript of the president’s Kennedy Center speech Sunday night.
It turns out that was a mistake by the over-worked and almost-always reliable White House stenographers who document every presidential remark.
The president was riffing about the merits of the Kennedy Center honorees. When he got to actress Meryl Streep, he got a little tongue-tied. “Anybody who saw ‘The French Lieutenant's Woman’ had a crush on her,” he said. “I assume they -- everybody remembers that.”
When the audience laughed, Obama – according to the official transcript – interjected, to more laughter, “I’m mad living here a little bit.”
Unfortunately for those always eager to psychoanalyze a president, what the president actually said was, “I'm ad libbing here a little bit.”