David Brooks, writing for the New York Times one year ago:
[…] it feels as if there’s been a decline in behavioral standards across the board. Many of the traits of character and leadership that Obama possesses, and that maybe we have taken too much for granted, have suddenly gone missing or are in short supply.
That was about the campaign, and the decline seems to have continued its downward trend since the election.
Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss, and that I suspect we will all miss a bit, regardless of who replaces him.
It’s safe to say that none of those adjectives will ever be used to describe the current White House occupant, without a negation in front.