I am not the only one to have noticed the disconnect between our president's happy-go-lucky attitude and the severity of the problems facing the nation.
Obviously, when your emotions do not fit the situation, something is wrong. Often it means that you do not grasp reality.
Last night on "60 Minutes" Steve Kroft called Obama out about it: "You're sitting here. And you're... laughing. You are laughing about some of these problems. And people are going to look at this and say: 'I mean, he's sitting there just making jokes about money...' ... Are you punch-drunk?"
I will not include Obama's answer, because it is not relevant. Obama's whistling-past-the-graveyard attitude is of a piece with his decision to trade one-liners with Jay Leno.
It tells us that he does not know how to lead.