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Obama: You Can’t Change DC From The Inside

Tucked safely away at an ‘insider’ blog at the Politico, we find one of the very few mentions of yet another Obama ‘gaffe’ that came out in his historic Univision townhall:

Obama: You can’t change Washington from the inside

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 9/20/12

A surprising comment from President Barack Obama, at the Univision forum in Florida earlier, on things he has learned after four years: "You can’t change Washington from the inside."

It’s a tricky thing to claim outsider status after serving in the White House for four years (and in the Senate before that), after running on a hope and change message, and it is not an especially helpful comment for a president running for reelection with a plea to voters to let him finish the work he began but hasn’t closed out.

You see? It’s not a gaffe. It’s just "not an especially helpful comment." It doesn’t show how woefully confused Mr. Obama is. Or that he is throwing in the sponge on his whole ‘Yes, We Can!’ claims.

The rest of his statement was about doing more to involve the public to bring change from the "outside," which is more in line with what he said before. But if the small pool of persuadable voters see Obama as saying Washington is irretrievably broken, even for him, they could be open to a fresh case from his opponent.

We always hear about tactics.

UPDATE: Here’s the full Obama quote: “I think that I’ve learned some lessons over the last four years, and the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside. That’s how I got elected. And that’s how the big accomplishments like health care got done.”

As usual with Obama, "the context" only makes things worse. The way Obama-Care was rammed through Congress against the will of the people is a textbook example of how things are not changed from the outside.

Health care reform was actually criticized for being done the opposite way, but the larger quote is more in line, as we noted, with what he’s said in the past, although the first statement wasn’t.

BS.

UPDATE II: Romney, who slammed Obama for it earlier today, said something similar in the 2007 campaign. He wasn’t president at the time, but you get the idea.

Yes, the idea is for the Politico and the rest of the Obama campaign to grasp at anything to try to reduce the laughability of Obama’s ridiculous statement. Even if it means obligingly posting a link to a clip that the Obama campaign’s crack research staff (probably Peanut IV) found from five years ago.

The trouble is, in that clip it is clear Romney was speaking as an outsider, who has spent most of his life in the business world. But the theme of the our one party media is ‘any report in a storm.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama: You Can’t Change DC From The Inside”

  1. ilzito guacamolito

    You can’t fix stupid either.

  2. He can’t fix it as a community organizer. He can’t fix it from the senate. He can’t fix it from the White House. He can’t fix it from the basketball court. He can’t fix it from the golf course. He can’t fix it from Martha’s Vineyard. He can’t fix it from here or there. He cannot fix it from ANYWHERE.

    Maybe he can fix it from the unemployment line.

  3. fallingpianos

    Obama, the boy who would be king:

    “I think that I’ve learned some lessons over the last four years, and the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside.”

    If Jugears truly believes this, then there’s only one logical course of action for him to take: resign.

  4. Mithrandir

    you can’t change Washington from the inside

    Then why run for president? “Yes We Can!” = “Why Bother!” Talk about letting the air out of the balloon of your supporters. . .

    Dictatorial Powers and still can’t get anything done. Stupid or Lazy?




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