This passage from Jodi Kantor’s book The Obamas is a nice reminder that, no matter how far apart Obama and the right might be on policy issues, there’s always a chance we can find common ground about something:
Initially, Barack had tuned out the presidential talk, too. But he was just as disappointed with the U.S. Senate as he had been with the state senate – he had gone to Washington to do big things, but he was a junior member of a slow, rule-bound, Republican-controlled body. “Shoot. Me. Now.” he wrote to an aide, in the middle of a particularly long-winded oration. (The speaker was Senator Joe Biden.)
We’ll now wait and see if the Secret Service decides to investigate Obama for the threat against himself.
For the record, as Jim Geraghty noted, Joe Biden isn’t always energized by Obama’s speeches either, so they make a good team: