April 30, 2013
President Obama holds press conference
President Barack Obama answering questions during his news conference, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In his news conference today, it was interesting to note that President Obama didn’t give an opening statement.  And after hearing the news conference, one could believe the White House couldn’t think of anything new to say. That’s odd, given that it would be easy for them to “celebrate” the first 100 days of Obama’s second term. But the president sounds like he is stuck in an endless loop. He was rather tired and unimaginative, and even pointblank acknowledged that he doesn’t view it as his job to be a forceful advocate of his positions in Congress.

His comments today included many of the usual suspects: “Close some tax loopholes”; “Making sure that we’re investing”;“Embracing common-sense solutions.” I think the only platitude missing from today’s comments was his usual earnest-sounding commitment to take a “balanced approach” to something or another.

Peggy Noonan recently said that there is “Obama fatigue,” but, perhaps even worse, it’s Obama himself who is fatigued. Voters notice the president’s shrugs, pouting, and lack of energy and enthusiasm for the job. Of course it’s early in the election cycle, but nothing about the first 100 days of the president’s second term should be reassuring to the candidates who will be with him on the ballot in 2014.

Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.