And therein lies his and your problem. If the American people feel he is being upfront with them and keeping them up to date on the situation then they are more than likely going to be more positive about him in general. This of course was an argument by Matthews and Olbermann(not really a fan of either). I think it is a solid point though. You tell the people what is happening. You also don't get photos taken of you golfing etc. It just looks bad.