They always knew that, but to hear it from leadership is a dramatic shift from "government is the problem" and that what they do doesn't matter. Hard to operate under circumstances like that, and you might miss stuff, like if you're a financial regulator.

For more on this, check out a short piece, "Here Comes Gov 2.0 — And a New Generation of Federal Workers."

The big deal is that in the last year, people see that Barack has their back, and so do people of good will everywhere.