Barack Obama was even more prominently featured in the news on Sunday than is usual for a President of the United States, what with his four appearances that day in 9/11-related events. These opportunities afforded him the chance to appear dignified, non-partisan and, well, presidential. A more illuminating sense of the man and his presidency, however, was provided by a curiously bipolar treatment of Mr. Obama in that day’s Washington Post. Call it a tale of two Obamas.

On the one hand, columnist Dana Milbank scathingly described what he called “President Irrelevant.” Milbank not only chronicles the jaded response of many Republicans to Mr. Obama’s pitch for his new jobs bill. He also describes the unconcealed lack of enthusiasm congressional Democrats are now exhibiting for the leader of their party.