I'm always best as a counterpuncher. You know, if someone comes at me, I will knock 'em out. If not, then I'll try to understand their point of view. That actually serves me well. I give the benefit of the doubt, I try to understand their point of view. If I perceive that they try to take advantage of that, then I will crush them.
He did exactly that today when AP's Ben Feller asked him about about the Republican charge that he's an "appeaser."
President Obama's response:
Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22-out-of-30 top al Qaeda leaders who’ve been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement. Or whoever is left out there, ask them about that.
This is the mistake that President Obama's opponents on both the left and right make about him all the time. They assume that his efforts to understand their point of view represents weakness so they try to take advantage of him...and then he crushes them.