Obama's improved performance
Sitting in the East Room last night, I felt the president had conquered some of the demons that made him so prolix at his last news conference, including his desire to over-explain himself, but mainly his sheer exhaustion.
He looked perkier. The jokes were good. Some suggested that he laboured the issue of the sheer number of problems he faces, but I felt he was making light of them - none of that tedious stuff about the loneliness of the office etc etc.
Is this his secret foreign policy - or at least the underpinning of it?
That's certainly the view of the Republicans whose foreign affairs attack is re-launched with this ad.