Here’s something the President told Charlie Rose in an interview:
When I think about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t done well, 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.
Uh, huh. That’s it! He didn’t make enough speeches.
Allahpundit realizes,”If only he’d talked more about how awesome it is that 25-year-olds can stay on their parents’ insurance under ObamaCare, I’d totally be willing to choke on that trillion-dollar price tag.”
Actually, the problem not that the President didn’t say enough but that he had nothing worthwhile to say. His policies have consisted of doubling down on known failing ideas. If medical care isn’t up to snuff, let’s socialize it. No, don’t look at the NIH disaster in the UK or talk to the Canadians coming south for MRIs. If a regional bully is flexing his muscles, sweet talk him. Don’t look at what happened in Munich in 1938. And so on, and so on.
Perhaps we will hear some inspiring explanations of his first term during the coming campaign.
UPDATE—Jim Treacher sees it this way:
The Democrats’ fallback position, again and again, is: “Well, people would agree with our policies if we could just make them understand our policies.” The truth is exactly the opposite, of course. People do understand their policies, which is why they disagree with them. All Obama talked about for a couple of years was Obamacare — whoops, I mean the “Affordable Care Act” — and most Americans hate it. That’s not in spite of his actions. That’s because of them.
UPDATE 2–Ace concurs:
Liberals simply can’t fathom the idea that people don’t like their policy ideas and the results they produce when we’re stupid enough to let them run things. No, it’s always our fault for not “getting it”.
And he post a graphic example of the disconnect between the President’s words and our reality.
Is it November yet?
UPDATE 3–Speaking of November, Stacy McCain says:
Now that Obama is within four months of his own rendezvous with the same pissed-off American voters who chucked 63 Democrats out of Congress in 2010, however, the significance is beginning to become apparent, and he must resort to excuse-making, because accepting responsibility is an alien concept to the Narcissist-in-Chief.