In an interview with CNN's Ed Henry in China, the president acknowledged Wednesday he would not be reading the highly-anticipated memoir by his potential 2012 opponent.
"I probably won't, but I don't get a chance to read things other than briefing books very often these days anyway," he said.
Oh no, here we go again. Before the chorus begins on Fox, Limbaugh-land, and Tea Party-ville, let's be clear. President Obama did not call "Going Rogue" a worthless piece of trash. He did not call Sarah Palin an incompetent writer with nothing useful to contribute to our national dialogue. In fact, he sugar-coated things considerably, and even went out of his way to be complimentary in describing Palin as a serious contender for 2012 with a large following, even though we all know that she carries too many negatives for too many voters at this point to be considered a viable candidate.
Then the President actually sort of implied that he was not yet committed to actually running for president in 2012 himself, but that he was more concerned with his nation's future than his own. That would really baffle the right wing, if the guy they view as the most shamelessly ambitious of all recent american politicians were to say, no thanks, it's not that fun running a government these days.
Personally, I am hoping that he does not go down that road. It would be refreshing on one level, sure, but the problem for me is that I don't see anyone else out there that I prefer to Obama at this point. Ha, how many of you will laugh at that. But if you are laughing, I hope that you actually have someone in mind as an alternative to Obama.