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Hvorfor gjorde Barack Obama det så dårlig i debatten mot Mitt Romney sist onsdag? En forklaring som kastes frem slår bena under alle andre: Obama har mistet lysten på en andre periode.

Hvorfor? Av misnøye med at transformeringen av Amerika ikke var så lett som han trodde. Avstanden mellom resultat og forhåpninger er så stor at det har påvirket hans pågangsmot. Jobben er uhyre krevende. Han har mistet lysten.

Det er en teori som lanseres både på venstre og høyre fløy. Byron York, politisk redaktør for Washington Examiner:

On the morning after the debate, The Atlantic ran an analysis headlined, “Snippy Obama, Whose Heart’s Not In It.”  Writer Garance Franke-Ruta suggested that Obama, as an unusually sensitive man, has been worn down by the presidency’s demands of conducting war in Afghanistan and dealing with crises like the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya.  “His supporters keep wanting Obama to be who he was in 2008,” Franke-Ruta wrote.  “But that’s not who he is anymore.” Obama’s old enthusiasm for the job is simply gone.

Now, in the Daily Beast, liberal writer Michael Tomasky asks, “Does Obama Even Want to Win the Election?”  After poor Obama showings at the debate, the Democratic convention, and a high-profile “60 Minutes” interview, Tomasky writes, “Someone needs to ask the cut-to-the-chase question: is he enthusiastic about keeping this job, or he is just maybe tired of being president?”

York mener Obama har vist svak stayerevne. Han går videre når han føler han ikke får utfolde seg som han ønsker.

After a year or two as a community organizer, Obama became deeply frustrated by his inability to enact the kind of big changes in society that he wanted to see.  He went to Harvard Law School to plug into the power structure that would help him make those changes in the future.  Returning to Chicago three years later, he dabbled in the practice of law before winning a seat in the state Senate in 1996.  But he became frustrated with the job almost immediately; according to a Washington Post profile, Obama began “chafing … at the limitations of legislating in Springfield.”

The easily-bored state legislator almost immediately began planning a run for the U.S. House in 2000 — which turned out to be his only losing campaign.  Shortly thereafter, he set his sights on the U.S. Senate, winning in 2004.

But within a year after arriving in Washington in early 2005, Obama was restless again.  According to the election account Game Change, in 2006 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “sensed [Obama’s] frustration and impatience, had heard rumblings that Obama was already angling to head back home and take a shot at the Illinois governorship.”

“I know that you don’t like it, doing what you’re doing,” Reid told Obama, according to Game Change.  Reid suggested Obama run for president instead.  Soon Obama was doing just that.

 Nå har Obama vært president i fire år. Han kan ikke lenger projisere sine drømmer inn i fremtiden og vinne på dem. Han må forsvare sine resultater. Man kan si at politikken hans viser tegn til å rakne. Benghazigate var ikke en enkeltstående hendelse, men Obama er ikke lenger på høyden. Han har heller ikke vist noen vilje til å komme ajour, men har gjemt seg bak medarbeidere som har forsøkt å helle olje til opprørt hav. Det fungerer ikke i en valgkamp.

Washington Examiner: Liberals fret: Is Obama bored? Does he even want a second term?