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Obama’s biggest mistake? Surely the president jests

posted at 11:06 am on July 15, 2012 by

In December of 2009, Barack Obama was asked by Oprah Winfrey how he’d grade his first year as president. His answer: “a good solid B-plus.” In this video flashback of the interview, he explains his grading rationale, boasting that he had “stabilized the economy,” betrayed his plan to end (but not necessarily win) the war in Iraq, “reset our image around the world,” and achieved an “international consensus around the need for Iran and North Korea to disable their nuclear weapons.” The pièce de résistance he saved for last, predicting that “the biggest piece of social legislation since Social Security,” meaning health care reform, would pass Congress.

In May of 2012, he appeared on ABC’s The View, where he was asked again to grade himself, this time on the economy. His answer was that he would take an “incomplete” for the course.

Last week, he and his wife sat with Charlie Rose, anchor of CBS This Morning. When the president was asked “what lesson” he had “learned that might guarantee success in a second term if that happened,” he was a tad more modest, though every bit as delusional:

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.

Considering the state of the economy three and a half years into the Obama presidency, it is mystifying to learn that the president views his only failing as not having been a good enough speechifier. He himself remarked on the irony, telling Rose in the same interview:

It’s funny—when I ran, everybody said, ‘Well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?’ 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.

According to Rose’s network, Obama delivered 411 speeches, comments, and remarks in his first year alone. He additionally held 42 press conferences, gave 158 interviews, and conducted 23 town halls. And he is able to say with a straight face that he believes that if only he had told the American people “the story” of “where he’s going” as leader of the free world, all would be well.

For what it’s worth, Obama’s grading of his own performance doesn’t count. The only grade that does is the one he will receive from the American people via the ballot box on Nov. 6. Unless he can persuade the entire electorate to grade on the curve, he may be in for a rude awakening.

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In December of 2009, Barack Obama was asked by Oprah Winfrey how he’d grade his first year as president. His answer was a “good solid B-plus.” In this video flashback of the interview, he explains his grading rationale, boasting that he had “stabilized the economy,” set a date for a troop pullout from Iraq, “reset our image around the world,” and achieved an “international consensus around the need for Iran and North Korea to disable their nuclear weapons.” The pièce de résistance he saved for last, predicting that “the biggest piece of social legislation since Social Security,” meaning health care reform, would pass Congress.

In May of 2012, he appeared on ABC’s The View, where he was asked again to grade himself, this time on the economy. His answer was that he would take an “incomplete” for the course.

Last week, he and his wife sat with Charlie Rose, anchor of CBS This Morning. When the president was asked “what lesson” he had “learned that might guarantee success in a second term if that happened,” he was a tad more modest, though every bit as delusional:

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.

Considering the state of the economy three and a half years into the Obama presidency, it is mystifying to learn that the president views his only failing as not having been a good enough speechifier. He himself remarked on the irony, telling Rose in the same interview:

It’s funny—when I ran, everybody said, ‘Well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?’ 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.

According to Rose’s network, Obama delivered 411 speeches, comments, and remarks in his first year alone. He additionally held 42 press conferences, gave 158 interviews, and conducted 23 town halls. And he is able to say with a straight face that he believes that if only he had told the American people “the story” of “where he’s going” as leader of the free world, all would be well.

For what it’s worth, Obama’s grading of his own performance doesn’t count. The only grade that does is the one he will receive from the American people via the ballot box on Nov. 6. Unless he can persuade the entire electorate to grade on the curve, he may be in for a rude awakening.

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It is important to understand that Obama speaks through a teleprompter. He has no brain. He has no idea what he is saying. he parrots the words of others and considers them deep thoughts. he was given a new talking point, he will repeat it until it wears thin. He is an imbecile. A vicious moron.

pat on July 15, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Obama’s biggest mistake is thinking there is only one.

kbTexan on July 15, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Before the election, Dear Liar stated that “I have a pretty healthy ego.”

No, it’s not healthy. His narcissism is stopping him from recognizing his errors. That is not healthy.

rbj on July 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Before the election, Dear Liar stated that “I have a pretty healthy ego.”

No, it’s not healthy. His narcissism is stopping him from recognizing his errors. That is not healthy.

rbj on July 15, 2012 at 5:48 PM

And what does that say about the hypnotized rubes that lap up his syncopated oral emissions?

FerrousOxide on July 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM