More than anything else in politics, the unexpected is brilliant. And President Obama demonstrated that today when made clear his opinion that Sony had erred in capitulating to hacker-terrorist demands.
I, and probably most viewers, expected him to say only that Sony had liabilities and lawyers, and it couldn't be blamed for deciding to cave to the laughably named "Guardians of Peace"; as a private concern, this was Sony's decision to make--along with theatre chains--and it would be wrong for the president of the United States to second-guess Sony's executives. This was what we expected. But aside from conceding the undeniable--yes, Sony has liabilities and lawyers, sometimes meaning one in the same--Obama was refreshingly blunt about Sony's decision: It was, he said, "a mistake."
He framed his opinion in broad, philosophical terms: Capitulation to hoodlums is not who we are, it's not what we do, and it should go without saying that it violates our cultural ethics and bedevils our artistic sensibilities. So Sony was wrong; practical, perhaps, but incontestably wrong.
One hopes this inspires Sony to reverse itself. And that, I do expect.