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The Perpetually, Frequently Surprised President

BY JAMES OLIPHANT, National Journal

President Obama is shocked, we are told. He's "visibly angry" over the government's response to the domestic Ebola threat.

A report in The New York Times over the weekend portrayed the president as a frustrated chief executive, directing federal officials to be more "hands on" and to be more on top of events rather than reacting to them.

If this feels familiar, it's because that has been the go-to White House play for some time when bad news arrives—always unexpectedly—as Obama's presidency seems overwhelmed by the sense that things aren't quite under control either within the administration or beyond it, in places overseas such as Iraq and Ukraine.

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