Magazine January 24, 2011, Issue

Mojo Myth

President Barack Obama waits in line at a shave ice shop in Kailua, Hawaii, January 3, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

The president attended church in Hawaii, but he went the day after Christmas, so as not to distract from the other guy’s limelight. Decent of him; the babe only gets one day a year. He had much to be grateful for, since the month of December had seen the Miracle of the Reinvested Mojo. Gone was the battered, diminished wisp of a president who ceded his podium to the husky bloviations of Clinton the First; now he was back, baby, with a tripartite victory under his belt. Let’s recap:

Stunning Victory No. 1: He’d gotten the tax deal he never wanted

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