PAUSING TO APPRECIATE POTUS -- Peggy Noonan's WSJ 'Declarations' column, 'He Just Does What He Thinks Is Right': 'Cannon to the left of him, cannon to the right of him, cannon in front of him volley and thunder. That's our president's position on the political battlefield now, taking it from all sides. And the odd thing, the unique thing in terms of modern political history, is that no one really defends him, no one holds high his flag. ... There are people who deeply admire the president, who work with him and believe he's doing right. This week, this column is their forum. They speak not for attribution to avoid the charge of suckupism. ... [An] Obama staffer spoke of last week's senior staff dinner, at which the president went around the table and told each one individually 'what they meant to him, and thanked the spouses for putting up with what they have to put up with.' He marks birthdays by marching in with cakes. He'll walk around the White House, pop into offices and tease people for putting their feet on the desk. 'Sometimes he puts his feet on the desk.' He's concerned about much, but largely unruffled. 'He's not taken aback by the challenges he has. He seems more focused than he's ever been. He's like Michael Jordan in that at the big moments everything slows down for him.'
Right on, Peggy! That's a pretty accurate assessment of our exceptionally excellent president.