Obama: You know what my problem is? Poor messaging

posted at 7:51 pm on July 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

He needs to be more “inspiring” in his second term. That’s been the big weakness so far, apparently.

“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.”…

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.”

Yeah. Just yesterday I was thinking, “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 pricetag.”

This is, of course, the political equivalent of telling a recruiter during a job interview that your big “weakness” is that you “try too hard.” It’s an almost completely meaningless self-criticism: The point, as is always the case in “messaging” complaints, is to compliment yourself on the correctness of your policy choices while blaming their failure on some facile communication problems. Serious question for liberals: Do you agree? Last I checked, there are plenty of policy complaints about The One from the left. Am eager to hear someone in his base defend the idea that had his rhetoric at the time soared a bit higher, the Democrats’ failure to include the public option in the final O-Care bill would be no biggie. Being condescended to by your political leaders is fun, huh?

Exit question: What’s the “inspiring” explanation for running guns to Mexican drug cartels?

Update: Slublog’s photoshop on this is 24-karat gold.


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The man just does not get the message out enough the message is utter utopia with a side of unicorn.

jukin3 on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Just at the moment, the Obama campaign has a bigger problem which it isn’t talking about: Romney is winning the campaign fiannce game.

At the end of May, Obama had $110 million cash on hand. But during the month of June the Obama campaign outspent Romney anywhere from 3 or 4 to 1 on the internet and negative tv ads in the swing states (net result: statistical tie with Romney in the polls), will raising tens of millions less than Romney ($71 million vs. Romney’s $106 million.)

So now, the Obama campaign refuses to release its June (not May, JUNE) numbers, specifically the amount of cash on hand. Given Obama’s profligate (and profitless) spending, and lackluster fundraising, his end of June cash on hand is almost certainly even with, if not lower than, Romney’s. Which is a long way below what it was at the end of the primary season, when Obama had a 10 to 1 cash advantage over Romney, who was in debt for millions from the primaries, or even the 2 to 1 advantage Obama still held in May. He’s blown through it all. His real problem he’s as bad with his own campaign financing as he is with Federal spending.

Remember when, in 2008, his ability to manage his campaign was Obama’s main claim to leadership and administrative ability, having done nothing remotely along those lines as a community organizer?

“We’ve got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the last couple of years.

Wait until the voters get a hard look at how Obama blew a 10 to 1 cash advantage over Romney at the end of the primaries to what now is likely a permanent lag behind Romney in campaign cash, with three and a half months to go before the election. Now there’s a messaging problem.

de rigueur on July 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Your problem is Mafia-style threats.

Pelosi threatened Conyers, who backed down from a bipartisan approach to getting to the truth. Now it will be on hold until after the elections.

Now, that is “messaging” Mr. Thug, er President.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 9:26 PM

The guy who has had more tv interviews, more newpaper and magazine articles, more appearances on late night tv shows than any President in history and has the 100% backing and adoration of the mass media industry…and he’s complaining about messaging.

What a llllooooooosssssseeeerrrrr.

HumpBot Salvation on July 12, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Gee, how about poor messenger? Maybe someone else has already stated the obvious, but how can you get excited about a lying jerk?

chai on July 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Yes, messaging can be a real problem when you’re trying to deceive folks. Fortunately anyone with an IQ above 50 knows your true intentions based on your actions of the past four years. But stick with what ya know and what gotcha here.

antipc on July 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

his complete meltdown is going to be pucking Epic…

mittens on July 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Obama: You know what my problem is?

Yeah, you just can’t fool all the people all the time.

Cleombrotus on July 12, 2012 at 9:42 PM

From the Weekly Standard:

“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.”

Can you believe this cat, Mr Obama has spent the last four years dividing the American people on gender, sexual orientation, and race. For crying out loud, does anybody remember the beer summit, a white cope vs. a elitist black professor.

jjnco73 on July 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Jug ears actually believes he has the policy part down and he just needs to fine tune the message some .

I want the unedited interview where the camera man laughed so hard he ruined the shot and they had to start over .

DeweyWins on July 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Obowma losing the Chicago Olympics for 2016 was inspiring as his downward spiral has continued from there.

dthorny on July 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Obowma losing the Chicago Olympics for 2016 was inspiring as his downward spiral has continued from there.

There is an end to this madness of hiring a president celebrity, President Kardashian.

dthorny on July 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Obama basically flippin’ the middle finger to half the electorate while pandering to the other half and expects his message to be equally received. Yeah, maybe it IS the messaging.

HoosierStateofMind on July 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

His gang pulled off the con and got him elected, but have yet to close the deal because Obama’s ‘problem’ is his incompetence. I bet his peeps are pissed.

zenron on July 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Somebody should clue him in, it’s not so much the messaging as it is the lies.

savage24 on July 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Obama: You know what my problem is? Poor messaging

Well, yeah, dipwad, but that is because of a poor message.

MikeA on July 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Uh, no. Been hearing you loud and clear even pre-2008.

IrishEyes on July 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I almost think he believes the load of poop he is feeding to the world.

Ragnar Danneskold on July 12, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Plan for the next four years?

Same incompetent job killing policies; now with bigger lies.

Anyone motivated to support him now?

gekkobear on July 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM

If you open a gourmet restaurant but all you sell are excrement sandwiches then no amount of grey poupon will turn them into roast beef.

neyney on July 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Working from home (kinda sorta) and having the TV news on all day this didn’t surprise me. When he’s “campaigner in chief” it’s fun. When he’s “commander in chief” it’s hard. His entire visage changes from let’s say the last State of the Union address or any of the few times he’s held a press conference to a rally in front of the SEIU. It’s really quite frightening.

Wonder if he knows where JJJ is. Of course he does — he knows *everything*.

Registered Nic on July 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM

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

We’re tired of him telling us stories about composite girlfriends, typical white women, penalties that turn into taxes, tax hikes disguised as tax cuts, executive orders to get around messy democracies and Congress.

We don’t want stories. Tell us the truth!

Steve Z on July 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM

We don’t want stories. Tell us the truth!

Steve Z

Neither of us can hold our collective breath that long.

Registered Nic on July 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

My worthless two cents.
FU Baraky and the horse you rode in on.
No, I don’t feel better.
Meanings have words.

mickytx on July 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM

President ConMan is a sociopath. The more “sincere” he is, the bigger the whopper.

onlineanalyst on July 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Just pass out some more choominess, Team Obama, so we can get integrated with your message better.

yeah, baby – roof hits!

dissent555 on July 13, 2012 at 12:31 AM

And, given the polls that show that major portions of Obamacare — no pre-existing condition exclusions, no lifetime limits, covering your college kid… — have broad support (so broad that Republican candidates support them) the idea that his broad messaging is off actually has a little credibility.

urban elitist on July 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

ObamaCare’s not popular because no one believes all these wonderful things will be free. And they’re right.

Chuck Schick on July 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM

“He Got Slobberin’ Drunk at the PAL-I-MINO,
They Give him Thu-ty Days In San Ber’dino!….”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vYW0ECES5g

williamg on July 13, 2012 at 1:04 AM

For cry’n out loud, the problem with Obamacare was poor messaging. If he could only figure out a way to let us know just how great he is; maybe he could use “I” a little more during his scripted speeches.

xdwall on July 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

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.”

Explaining? Does this mean making excuses for your incompetence? Blaming Bush and Lying through your teeth. Yes please tell us about Fast and Furious, The Stimulus. Solyndra, Your healthcare bill costing 1.7 trillion more than you promised it would. Please explain these to us. This should be a great inspiring story. I am so inspired now I am getting up and am signing up to be a campaign worker, to insure you can move back to Chicago in January. Thanks for the inspiration !

stormridercx4 on July 13, 2012 at 1:54 AM

I really think the man is delusional! His ego is so big, there is no job that he couldn’t do. How about a brain surgeon next – I bet he thinks he could do it all.
I don’t think the US has ever had a more egotistical idiot in office. I guess that is why his speeches are always, IIIIIIIIm me me me me mememememememe!

Bambi on July 13, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Obumbo’s main problem outside of the multitudes of terrible policy implementations coupled with new massive debt is: a lot of people have wised up to realize most everything promoted by this administration are lies and/or illegal actions. And I won’t even mention Obumbo and his cabal of misfits running around foreign affairs like sheep at a convention of wolves deciding what’s for dinner.

aposematic on July 13, 2012 at 5:37 AM

howard dean thinks that was a good self reflection but shouldn’t have said it…

cmsinaz on July 13, 2012 at 6:47 AM

2008: “Hope” was the food of the gods.
2012: The food of the gods has transformed into a sh*t sandwich.
There’s your problem, Barry. It ain’t messaging.

swinia sutki on July 13, 2012 at 6:50 AM

saying that made me like him more-
-howard dean

blech

cmsinaz on July 13, 2012 at 6:53 AM

It’s pretty amazing that he thinks he made the right policy decisions.

Typical of a liberal, he thinks that because his intentions are good the failure of his policies doesn’t matter at all. And if people would just understand that he made the right decisions based on good intentions and adherence to ideology, and that he tried real hard, then his failures wouldn’t bother them either.

The man is a dope.

PetecminMd on July 13, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Let’s deal with the truth,something the President is unfamiliar with. It doesn’t matter the story or how well it is told. The President is a liar. He lies when telling the truth would be easy. I quit listening. Nothing is factual, nothing.

scboy on July 13, 2012 at 7:06 AM

“Messaging” is always going to be a problem for socialists. When you have an agenda that people would never buy in daylight, and the very PLAN is to trick it through a little at a time over a long period, that you spend all your time lying goes without saying.

But like a magic act. there will always be enough people who aren’t stupid to say ‘it’s up his sleeve!’ or, ‘he’s palming it!’ or ‘it was under his hat!’ or ‘the table has a hole in it!’.

The game is to have amassed enough raw physical power by the time they figure it out that it’s too late for the inevitable rebellion to do any good. That’s what fast and furious was supposed to accomplish – disarming the populace. But as I said – there were too many people who were not stupid, and now the word’s out. Sorry, President McFoodstamps – you lose.

Dirty Creature on July 13, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Obama: You know what my problem is? Poor messaging

How pathetic. Obviously our Community Organizer in Chief is in a job that’s well over his head.

petefrt on July 13, 2012 at 7:23 AM

You had to know this was coming. How many times have you heard the Democrats say the only reason they lost was, “they didn’t get their message out.” I can’t even begin to count the number of times, in my lifetime.

bflat879 on July 13, 2012 at 7:26 AM

the mistake of my first term – couple of years – was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right.

Yeah, that, and then apparently doing the exact opposite of what the right policy called for.

I’d call him a retard, but I don’t want to insult retards.

a5minmajor on July 13, 2012 at 8:07 AM

was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right.

Wouldn’t you just love it if someone would have followed up that answer with “So… DID you get the policy right? Are the results we have after 4 years, putting aside for the moment what people THINK of them based on sufficient or insufficient salesmanship, are they what you were GOING FOR?”

No, go ahead…

Dirty Creature on July 13, 2012 at 8:35 AM

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.”…

What about the Life of Julia? That was an elaborate story but it still s*cked.

LetsBfrank on July 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

What is that saying about inventing the fact to suit one’s perceptions?

People couldn’t possibly disagree with Obama simply because the understand him?

All of “us people” must be to dumb to get him?

A classic Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Lawrence on July 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

It reminds me of the joke that Karl Marx and FA Hayek were debating their respective economic philosophies, when Hayek points out that Marxism has failed in every instance, to which Marx replies, “Maybe I didn’t explain it clearly”.

LA Conservative on July 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Now we know why so many Dems are skipping the Convention…they heard the Chicago was scheduled to serenade Obama with “You’re the Inspiration”

CastleDoctrine on July 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Quite frankly I am tired of this bullsh!t meme, the republicans are the ones with the messaging problem. Not that they lack of the message, but their utter inability to grasp onto it and hammer the on it relentlessly!

It is so f%#king simple it boggles the mind how it escapes them. So let me lay it out for them.

Obamacare ostensibly was to address the fact that 30,000,000 Americans lack health insurance. Let us put aside for the moment that Ocare will leave some 13,000,000 still without and let’s, for the sake of argument assume Ocare were to actually insure the 30,000,000 and use that number.

(note; the following are rounded off numbers)

1,CBO has recalculated the ACA over 10 years to cost $1.76trillion, likely a low estimate.

Divide $1.76trillion by 30,000,000= 58,0000 each. over 10 yrs. Or, $5.8million per year to insure each of those 30,000,000.

This is supposed to be bending the cost curve down? $5,800,000 per annum for an insurance policy? In the words of Ronald Reagan at his 1964 speech endorsing Goldwater, “surely there must be some overhead somewhere.

Obamacare is nothing but a MASSIVE funneling of an additional 1/6th of the the American economy into already bloated government coffers!

Do the freakin math America! Ask yourself, are the Democrats actually looking out for the “little guy”…or, just trying to rob him blind?

Archimedes on July 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

We should start up a collection amongst the families of those 300 dead Mexicans, and 2 American government agents, butchered with Obama’s guns, to buy him a better teleprompter… because it’s really just about the message.

DANEgerus on July 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

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