President Obama Calls What His Biggest Mistake?

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Too much substance, not enough style?

That's the gist of what President Barack Obama says his biggest mistake was since getting to the White House nearly three and a half years ago.

Obama says tackling the job as a national policy wonk rather than the inspiring figure he cut in the 2008 campaign has resulted in some hurdles.

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"When I think about what we've done well and what we haven't done well," the president told CBS in an interview, "the mistake of my first term - the first 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 economically tough times," Obama said in an exchange with Charlie Rose.

"It's funny, when I ran, everybody said, 'he can give a good speech but can he do the job?' 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?'"

Presidents tend to sidestep questions about their biggest mistake in office, or at least qualify them by trying to cast their flaws in a positive light.

Obama seems to be saying that, to that effect, that he just took the job seriously and did not communicate his views well enough to the people.

Republicans wasted little time mocking the answer. Republican National Committee spokesman Tim Miller tweeted "I'd go w/ utter economic failure."

Mitt Romney's response: "Being president is not about telling stories. Being president is about leading, and President Obama has failed to lead."

"No wonder Americans are losing faith in his presidency."

If the election were today, for whom would you vote?


@Matt---Flash mobs...that'll be the trend I'm sure. Yeah, they lifted booze, but yet lib-turd journalists will attempt to make the case it was desperate, financially hurting youth that were forced to do economic circumstances to steal openly to assist their needy families! Ha! Right.


@Daina- you just saw living proof why we need a better grade of condoms,fewer safety nets & more pad locks. I just read about the Walmart Flash Mob. Unconfirmed reports- not one Book in the reading section was touched nor were toothbrushes, yet every can of Malt Liquor and bottled Cheap wine was lifted.


Spoke too soon!


Daina you're a bitch. Happy skany ho. Now get steppin 2 Matty home his hoes down. Lone mutha


(Glance to the right......Glance to the left)---It's quiet here on this thread. The Trolls must have went to bed early tonight. Well, I must's peaceful and calm. I like that for a change.


A study has now shown where Obama's tax proposals will probably cost 700,000 jobs! Another score for The Anointed One!


Obama has now announced that Texas will be a battleground state. I say, "BRING IT ON!" As the Lone Star State's slogan goes, "Don't Mess with Texas"!


@Smedley Pull a 'naughty' dog.....lift a leg and pee on the trolls! They deserve it! Better than a tree. I'm goin' to the pool for a splash! Later. :)


@Get Real....jealous much??? You're pathetic!


Sorry nigger my mistake. U want me to tea bag you to make it up?

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Barack Hussein Obama II

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