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Obama Says He Has Failed To Tell Us A Story

From a hard-hitting no holds barred CBS News:

Obama reflects on his biggest mistake as president

By Lindsey Boerma | July 12, 2012

(CBS News) President Obama’s biggest mistake during his first term, he told CBS News in an exclusive interview, has been putting policy over storytelling.

Really? What have we gotten from the Obama administration but fables? Just look at the unemployment numbers.

Mr. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sat down Thursday with "CBS This Morning" anchor Charlie Rose in the White House Blue Room, where they discussed the failures and successes of his administration as he heads into another election, among other things.

"When I think about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t done well," the president said, "the mistake of my first term – couple of years – was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times."

This is the same line Obama always trots out whenever he is asked about his mistakes. He never admits that he is wrong. But that he has not gotten his message across. Because it is so nuanced and we are so stupid. In fact, this is the same excuse he gave after the Democrats got their historic shellacking in the 2010 mid-terms.

Obama never admits that the American people actually reject his policies, often by a 3 to 1 margin in polls. Instead, he ‘take the blame’ for not having spoon fed them to us in suitable fairy tales. Instead, he manfully ‘takes the blame’ for not having spoon fed them to us in fairy tales.

But we don’t reject what he wants to do because we don’t understand it. We reject it because we do understand it.

Mr. Obama acknowledged the dissonance between others’ perception of his strength as an expert orator, and his own. "It’s funny – when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?" he said.

Well, we know the answer to that question now. And, to tell the truth, we have never thought he was much of an orator, either. Can anyone remember a single memorial thing Obama has ever said that wasn’t a gaffe?

"And in my first two years, I think the notion was, ‘Well, he’s been juggling and managing a lot of stuff, but where’s the story that tells us where he’s going?’ And I think that was a legitimate criticism."

Here is a man who had veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress, and who had the news media, the entertainment world, academia and the rest of the establishment entirely behind him.

And he says he wasn’t able to explain his agenda to the American people. What a laugh.

Pressed by Rose about what he felt he needed to explain better to the American people, the president corrected that he wanted to do more "explaining, but also inspiring."

"Because hope is still there," Mrs. Obama added.

We hope Mr. Obama continues to ‘inspire.’ He is the greatest ‘Get Out The Vote’ inspiration the Republican Party has ever had.

For the record, Mr. Romney has responded to this interview tease with the following statement:

Romney To Obama: Your Mistakes Were The Policies – Not The Stories

July 12, 2012

President Obama believes that millions of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihood because he failed to tell a good story. Being president is not about telling stories. Being president is about leading, and President Obama has failed to lead. No wonder Americans are losing faith in his presidency. — Mitt Romney

All of which is true.

But Obama’s biggest problem is that he wants us to believe ‘his stories,’ rather than our lying eyes.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Says He Has Failed To Tell Us A Story”

  1. ilzito guacamolito says:

    Wow. This guy never ceases to amaze.
    During the interview, did he get a chance to blame Bush for preventing him from being more FDR-like and having some fireside chats with us half-wits to explain what he wants to do to us?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Tyrants and psychopaths are notorious for not explaning themselves.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And plastic man is starting to look like he’s been left on the dashboard in West Texas in the middle of July.

    ~~~~I’m melting…mellllllllttiinnnggggg….oh what a world…what a world…..~~~~

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