He apologized for the long answer, but "I want to make sure you guys -- that I'm really answering your question." Then he kept talking -- about the deficit he inherited, declining revenues and the drags of a depressed economy on the safety net. He also expounded on how cutting foreign aid and getting rid of earmarks would not balance the budget.
Then, 17 minutes after the query, he said, "I hope I answered your question." Actually, he had answered every question but the over-taxed question.
Now I can see why Obama would not want to dwell on the tax increases in his health care package. They're not likely to inspire confidence in this economy.
But the decision to change the subject with a too-long pep talk makes you wonder if Obama is losing his touch. He certainly has forgotten to pretend that he's listening.