I always thought President Obama’s style of speaking was similar to the way a parent talks when breaking difficult news to a child. He mollifies everything he says by talking around the truth with such artful vagueness that by the end, you’re not sure if he just told you, “Mommy and Daddy aren’t going to be living together anymore,” or, (actual excerpt from one of his speeches): “There are going to be some glitches. No doubt about it. There are going to be things where we say, you know what, we should have thought of that earlier. Or this would work a little bit better. Or this needs an adjustment. You will be able to…find occasions where you say, ah-ha, you know what, that could have been done a little bit better.”
Following his usual course of poorly parenting a young country in the depths of difficult times, Obama has mastered the art of elusively stringing us along with the oldest pacifying “promise” in the book: “We’ll see.