One has to feel sorry for the Egyptians demonstrating against Mubarak in Tahrir Square. Obama comes on TV and they behold classic Goldilocks Syndrome. To be fair, this one of those situations that can reward a certain public ambiguity.
We’ve reached the point of such hysteria and the stupidification of the American discourse that to simply approach a subject in a measured fashion is to totally jam the circuits that currently exist for that kind of communication. — Eugene Jarecki (Feb. 2011) (finally catching on almost a decade after the fact)