One empathizes, of course. Barack Obama has an exceedingly challenging job, and the fact that he has not been publicly driven mad by it is astonishing to contemplate. But the President campaigned in 2008 on the notion that the right combination of personal qualities and the right policies would somehow overcome the crushing burdens of the Presidency. Whether Barack Obama does possess some magical combination of personal qualities and policies is in the eye of the beholder. But even if he did, the seeming suggestion that the Presidency is a snap is nothing short of fatuous.