From NBC's Mark Murray
As we wrote this morning, this has been a BIG week in politics and for President Obama. NBC's David Gregory expands on this point on his blog:
There have been many Fridays when I think, wow, this is a big moment in Washington. I remember covering Bush thinking that almost every day because of how much was happening. But for those of us covering politics, this week was huge. And what has been driving my reporting this week is whether the Obama White House uses this moment to change course or simply alter tactics. One of the realities this President faces is that for all his gifts as a communicator he appears out of touch with the country. He admitted as much during his ABC interview this week. How did that happen? Someone close to the President said last night that he is hopeful Mr. Obama will have more time to maneuver electorally than Democrats who face voters in November. But he went on to say "the whole party better understand that the swamp we promised to drain is still infested."
By the way, Gregory's "Meet the Press" this Sunday will have White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as a roundtable of our very own Chuck Todd, E.J. Dionne, Katty Kay, and Peggy Noonan.