Kevin Drum makes an interesting point about the Ron Suskind book:
Was Barack Obama a naive waif who came to Washington untested and unready, and then struggled to control his White House staff? That's the portrait Ron Suskind paints, and to a certain extent I imagine it's true. In fact, I imagine it's true of every president. There's just no training position for the presidency, and no one walks into the job fully prepared.
And then he quotes an interview of Jonathan Alter, who wrote a more sympathetic book about the Obama White House: