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Obama Wanted To Change Atmosphere In DC

From an interview with Charlie Rose for the Sunday Show on CBS News way back on July 15, 2012:

(7 minutes in:)

BARACK OBAMA: And, if you asked me what is the one thing that has frustrated me most over the last four years, it’s not the hard work. It’s not the, you know, enormity of the decisions. It’s not the pace. It is that I haven’t been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington to reflect the decency and common sense of ordinary people — Democrats, Republicans, and independents — who I think just want to see their leadership solve problems. And, you know, there’s enough blame to go around for that.

CHARLIE ROSE: And do you blame yourself for that?

BARACK OBAMA: Well, I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem-solving.

So it looks like Obama thinks calling his opponent a tax cheat, a felon, a child poisoner and a murder reflects the decency and common sense of ordinary people. And, apparently, this is how he handles problem-solving.

Speaking of flashbacks, here is a piece from back in December 2007, via the archives of the Politico:

Obama questions Edwards’ toughness

By BEN SMITH & LISA LERER | 12/22/07

West Des Moines, Iowa — Barack Obama launched a new attack Sunday morning, day two of a bitter dispute between the Illinois senator and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards over the role of 527 groups.

Speaking at a diner here, Obama cheerfully suggested that the groups’ plans for independent spending on Edwards’ behalf either reveal his rival as a hypocrite or call into question his ability to govern…

Obama continued with incredulity:

"The fact is this is somebody who worked for John Edwards, for the last who knows how many years, who’s a good friend and colleague of Edwards, who’s now running a 527 that is running ads on behalf of John Edwards. [Laugh] You’re telling me he has no influence over him? That’s not true. If [Obama communications director] Robert Gibbs started running a 527 and I called Robert Gibbs and said, ‘Stop running ads on my behalf,’ are you suggesting I would have no influence over Robert Gibbs?"

In other words, Obama scoffed at the idea that John Edwards could not tell his Super PACs to stop running ads.

For the record, Obama is even more closely tied to the people running Priorities USA than Edwards was to the 527 in question. Priorities USA was founded by Bill Burton, who was Obama’s deputy press secretary, and Sean Sweeney, who the senior adviser to Rahm Emanuel. Theodore Johnston, a lawyer who headed Obama’s Florida fundraising committee during the 2008 presidential campaign, is its executive director.

Moreover, Obama’s top campaign managers, David Plouffe, Jim Messina and David Axelrod, have all hosted fundraisers for the Priorities USA Super Pac.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 10th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

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