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It isn't just the Daily News. The New York Times' Peter Baker and Adam Nagourney write under the header "In a Volatile Time, Obama Strikes a New Tone for Crisis":

Americans saw not the fiery and inspirational speaker who riveted the nation in his address to Congress last month, or the conversational president who warmly engaged Americans in talks across the country, or even the jaunty and jokey president who turned up on Jay Leno.

Instead, in his second prime-time news conference from the White House, it was Barack Obama the lecturer, a familiar character from early in the campaign. Placid and unsmiling, he was the professor in chief, offering familiar arguments in long paragraphs — often introduced with the phrase, "as I said before" — sounding like the teacher speaking in the stillness of a classroom where students are restlessly waiting for the ring of the bell.

Got that? Baker and Nagourney were bored out of their minds. Where were the jokes? The yelling? The seal bouncing a beach ball on its nose? All of this policy crap is just so dull.

But Baker and Nagourney weren't done:

Mr. Obama showed little emotion. He rarely cracked a joke or raised his voice. ... his voice sounded calm and unbothered... To a certain extent, Mr. Obama's demeanor could have been calculated ... The only time he seemed irritated ... perhaps his only joke of the night ... This was Mr. Obama as more enervating than energizing.

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