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?


The troll population is coming up and your grandkids being raised by your racist asses will be in a world of hurt when they face reality.white will be the new minority in few years.hello bitches.


The truth in cali is republican arnold s. took that state under the way mitt took mass under.Then the bushes lettin the economy sink cause a huge explosion.get you story straight.


Bitches your quick to put down democrats.Lets talk republicans.They care for the rich who need no help.They give tax cuts to the rich who dont need it and they always talk shit about the middle class and poor.


You are the same shitty person changing user names and talking to yourself.Makes no difference how many times you bling your name people are still disliking your racist ass.hello


Yo, Kim--I'm with ya! Those who are that stupid need to be ignored!


Hope friend is right in Cali. If any state needs to go Republican it's that one....they are sorely hurting from all those a**-kickin' liberal policies, taxes, etc. The middle class will be aching from the state-imposed taxes...then add Obama Care! Whew-weeee! We may see a mass exodus of Cali citizens--might be comin' southeast, too! Hope Ariz and Tex can handle the onslaught!


Romney should wait. Hope Rubio is the one! Minn. ex-Gov. big mistake. Would add nothing to the ticket. Yeah, this thread was packin' the heat that comes from rude commentary, but oh well. I've seen worse. Don't get mired into it. Rise above. And keep the communication coming! Ya got stuff worth saying!


@ Eyes - I could not beleive the nasty way they were talking last night on this thread. I sware- you would think they could clean it up and act like adults. I can't even carry on an civil conversation with you with their racist remarks. my friend in Cali- swears that they are leaning towards Mittens. unemployment is so high out west. Investors are moving to arizona. Brown has a bankrupt state and will have to raise taxes even more on the middle class when people leave. Word is that Romney will pick soon- former Minnesota Governor in the mix. I hope mitt waits.


@ Kim Sue--Whew! What a day it's been! Finally got on here! Not surprised about movie attendance! We need to get to that film as well! I wanna see it. Think I'd pay for others to see it, too! Hope you're not too busy meetin' yourself comin' 'n goin'. I finally have some down time to rest and talk. Funny how time flies when you're busy really WORKIN' unlike some of these nasty little creatures on here!


@-@Troll Hunter---Hey, tell me about it! These trolls I sware must multiply like rabbits! Bein' such OBAMA supporters, how come they aren't on that FREE birth control he's promisin' 'em ?????? Good also for the environment to keep the troll population down!!!!!! Tee-hee!

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