Barack Obama is giving Hillary Clinton her Convention roll call with details to follow. This strikes me as typical of Obama. He had a problem: soothing Clinton supporters’ feelings. He delayed, making a bigger issue of it than it might have been (every other second place finisher in recent memory got the same “honor”), and then essentially capitulated. Even if he never intended to withhold the chit, he gave every appearance for a long time of being unwilling to do so. That only made things worse — Clinton supporters got angrier and everyone else now sees a common courtesy as a sign of weakness.
We saw this Obama modus operandi before — on Wright and on James Johnson. He denies or ignores a problem and then caves after elevating a medium problem to a major news story. It is not an effective or encouraging managerial approach. Put in either the domestic or international context, it’s a style that combines the worst features of an ineffective president: procrastination, equivocation, and the lack of any bottom line.
Really, if you are going to give your foes everything they want do it quickly, get it out of the way and get credit for being magnanimous.