I mean, I do end up writing, but in a twelve hour writing day, I have about four hours of actual writing.
As for Obama, he has treated legislative victory as an end in itself while ignoring the reality of actual implementation.
For Panetta, the act of using force is seemingly more important than the actual tangible result achieved by using force.
early 14c., "pertaining to an action," from Old French actuel "now existing, up to date" (13c.), from Late Latin actualis "active, pertaining to action," adjectival form of Latin actus (see act (n.)). The broader sense of "real, existing" (as opposed to potential, ideal, etc.) is from late 14c.