by Tom Swift

… people often referred to POTUS as “the adult in the room.” But it took me years before I fully understood what that meant. As much as I admire and respect him, President Obama wasn’t perfect. Not every decision he made was correct. What made Obama the adult in the room was the way he defined his priorities. Children strive only for pleasure; adults strive for fulfillment. Children demand adoration; adults earn respect. Children find worth in what they acquire; adults find worth in the responsibilities they bear.

-David Litt, “I Spent My 20s as an Obama Speechwriter; Here’s What He Taught Me About Growing Up,” Vox.com, 11-15-2017