Obama talks as if the president really is in charge of things, both when he's grandiose and when he's self-pitying and thin skinned. When he's grandiose, he can do it all. When he's self-pitying, Obama would do it all except for the sad fact that George W. Bush used his presidential powers to thwart the forces of progress. And that raises a much lower standard than Messiah for Obama to contend with. Forget whether he can make the oceans recede, the relevant question is whether Obama is simply not up to the job of fixing Bush's mistakes. That's a question he raises every day.