We’re not trying to suggest that President Obama whines a lot, but this is the man who told a gun control roundtable that he was “constrained by a system our founders put in place,” confessed to Univision that he’d learned “you can’t change Washington from the inside,” and revealed during a Google+ Hangout that he’s only president, “not the Emperor of the United States.”

It must be difficult to be as ambitious as Barack Obama and be forced to work inside the limits of democracy. Today the president spoke to 75 young leaders concluding their fellowships with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, telling them on a personal note that many unfair things are said about him.

It appears that democracy will somehow survive despite the terribly unfair things said about President Obama. People have the right to criticize the president — even when they’re wrong.

But on a personal note:

But who’s counting?