But not to worry, say Obama aides:
Really? A reset button? It's a good thing they're not hitting a reset button, considering that the last time that was tried, it got a little embarrassing--remember?
But in an indication Obama was absorbing lessons from the upset Republican victory for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, he turned to a trusted outside adviser for help in guiding the party's strategy in congressional elections in November.
David Plouffe, Obama's 2008 campaign manager, was known for keeping the political operation on an even keel by admonishing aides and supporters against "bed-wetting," or panicking in times of trouble.
Plouffe will work with both the White House and congressional Democrats, who worry more losses could be in store for them in November.
Obama, who is taking a populist turn that includes a vow to crack down on Wall Street excesses, is to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress on Wednesday. Analysts will be looking closely at that speech for any sign of a reframing of his agenda.
"He is going to fight for what he's always been fighting for," White House adviser Valerie Jarrett told NBC's "Meet the Press" program. "We're not hitting a reset button at all."
"I would like to present you with a little gift that represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying and that is: 'We want to reset our relationship and so we will do it together,'" Clinton said, presenting Lavrov with the red button.
What the foreign minister got, however, was a button that said "peregruzka," which translates into Russian as "overcharge" or "overload" (depending on the context). Oops...
"You got it wrong," Lavrov teased Clinton, but said he would put it on his desk anyway.
So now I've got to wonder--is it the reset button or the overload button that the Obama administration is determined not to hit? I wish I could believe that they don't intend to hit the "overcharge" button, but that, unfortunately, has been the party's game plan from the get-go, so it would be foolish to suppose that suddenly that particular button is off-limits.
But seriously, the task before the Democrats in upcoming days is to insist that everything is going to continue exactly as planned, and that everything is fine and there's no need for resetting or re-framing or re-anything, while feverishly working behind the scenes to throw out all of their ideas that have thus far proved to be unsuccessful, unpopular, or both (mainly both). All of this is geared toward keeping the 2010 mid-term elections from being a complete bloodbath--because if that happens, the preferred 2012 campaign message about not changing horses in midstream is suddenly going to seem ridiculous--and "Vote for Us, because We're Nothing Like--um, Ourselves, for the Past Four Years, But We're Hoping Nobody Notices" is not, historically, the most effective campaign strategy. Just ask John McCain.