The Honeymoon is Ending

I was at a panel at USC this morning, so I didn’t hear the entirety of President Obama’s press conference. But what I did hear was a more contentious press corps — and a more defensive president. It also could be the setting: A midday event in the White House briefing room, where jousting with the press secretary is typical, as opposed to the more august East Room before a primetime audience.

Plus, fueled by John Hodgman’s routine on Saturday at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ dinner, there seems to be a shift in focus from Obama’s coolness to Obama’s nerdiness. Most humorous exchange: When ABC News’ Jake Tapper spoke of “Spock-like” logic in reference to healthcare reform.

“Was the reference to spock a crack on my ears?” Obama asked.

“I would never make fun of your ears, sir,” Tapper responded.

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