Time for the charts and graphs, Mr. President?
I think that similar kinds of hard data, graphically presented, could be equally persuasive on the economy, education, financial reform—all the big issues that Obama has to argue about with idiots.
If it's "I claim this" and "You claim that", it's easy for voters to dismiss it as just politics. But if it's "I claim this, and here's a dramatic illustration that proves it," it's much harder to ignore. And educational experts will tell you that the most effective way to communicate is with words and pictures.
So how about it, Mr. President? Why not try backing up your great rhetoric with equally great illustrations? What could it hurt?
(A really good way to start: bring in Edward Tufte, the guru of visual presentation of data, as a consultant.)