Once a president gets to the White House, the only audience that is left that really matters is history.
The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image.
That is what leadership is all about: staking your ground ahead of where opinion is and convincing people, not simply following the popular opinion of the moment.
Where's the progress that we're going to see in Afghanistan? You have to keep public support both on the economy and the war or these things will really become troubling.