• Obama: "My biggest mistake was too much perspiration, not enough inspiration" over the past 3 years
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[QUOTE]Call it "too much substance, not enough style?" President Barack Obama says his biggest mistake since getting to the White House three and a half years ago has been his tendency to tackle the job as national policy wonk rather than the inspiring figure he cut in the 2008 campaign. [B]"When I think about what we've done well and what we haven't done well," the president told CBS television in an interview, "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," Obama said in an excerpt of the exchange with Charlie Rose.[/B] Presidents — politicians in general — tend to sidestep questions about their biggest mistake in office, though they sometimes stumble spectacularly over them (as George W. Bush did in April 2004), or offer up a self-serving answer that might be lampooned as "I just love America too much." Obama seems to be saying that, dagnabbit, he just took the job too gosh-darn seriously. Republicans wasted little time in mocking the answer. Republican National Committee spokesman Tim Miller tweeted "I'd go w/ utter economic failure." And Mitt Romney hit out hard at Obama: "Being president is not about telling stories." [B]"Being president is about leading, and President Obama has failed to lead. No wonder Americans are losing faith in his presidency," Romney said in a statement.[/B] Obama also seemed to make the argument that he just can't catch a break. "It's funny - when I ran, everybody said, 'well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?'" he said. [B]"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."[/B] "So getting out of this town, spending more time with the American people, listening to them, and also, then, being in a conversation with them about where do we go together as a country, I need to do a better job of that in my second term," the president said. Rose pressed him, asking whether he means explaining, and Obama replied: "Explaining — but also inspiring." "Because hope is still there," First Lady Michelle Obama added.[/quote] Source: [url]http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-biggest-mistake-too-much-perspiration-not-enough-215152391.html[/url] Not usual to hear a politician say he had a mistake at all, let alone admit to a "biggest one".
Obama is honest. He has not done everything perfectly, and he has done things that I did not approve of, but I have never had the impression that he would oversell himself or lie about his errors. American politics sucks right now, but he is the best we've got.
[quote]And Mitt Romney hit out hard at Obama: "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," Romney said in a statement.[/quote] Where the heck does Romney come from where explaining things and inspiring people isn't a part of leadership?
[QUOTE=ASmellyOgre;36746940]Where the heck does Romney come from where explaining things and inspiring people isn't a part of leadership?[/QUOTE] It's Romney. He presumably had the opposite opinion last week.
If he spent more time with the people like he said in this article, that can gain him a major advantage because it shows that he really is working with the common man and represents their views. That Google+ chat he did a while back is something we need more.
I don't think I've seen any politician as honest as Obama, he honestly gets the job done even though he has made some mistakes or done shit that could of been better - but that's just being human
[QUOTE=fruxodaily;36746956]I don't think I've seen any politician as honest as Obama, he honestly gets the job done even though he has made some mistakes or done shit that could of been better - but that's just being human[/QUOTE] Well he hasn't gained the title "Honest" like Abe has yet :v:
I just kind of want to give Obama a hug and tell him it's gonna be ok, even if I have no idea if it will be okay or not
It makes me sad to hear the stuff my mom says about this man
[QUOTE=person11;36746988]I just kind of want to give Obama a hug and tell him it's gonna be ok, even if I have no idea if it will be okay or not[/QUOTE] I don't agree much with many of his policies, but I really like Obama as a guy. Where as Romney, I have a problem with both policies and as a person.
Do you think it's right to call Obama a bro yet?
[QUOTE=fruxodaily;36746995]Do you think it's right to call Obama a bro yet?[/QUOTE] BroBama
I can't wait for everything to topple down around Romney, at this point I doubt he'll even be making it to the ballot. I don't know of many people who have lost faith in Obama, most people have been fairly consistent in their opinions.
[QUOTE=fruxodaily;36746995]Do you think it's right to call Obama a bro yet?[/QUOTE] I've considered him a bro since I learned he had my High School's band play during his inauguration. :v:
Poor guy.
So, besides the fact that he's admitted a mistake, what does everyone actually think of said supposed mistake?
I think learning from them and admitting you can learn from them is far more important than most mistakes.
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;36747128]So, besides the fact that he's admitted a mistake, what does everyone actually think of said supposed mistake?[/QUOTE] He's been severely limited in his ability to act by congress, so it's hard to say where the fault lies for a number of things. On some issues, however, I feel he's failed to do his part. I.e. He should have maintained his stance on cannabis, rather than raiding dispensaries.
[QUOTE=Biotoxsin;36747077]I can't wait for everything to topple down around Romney, at this point I doubt he'll even be making it to the ballot. I don't know of many people who have lost faith in Obama, most people have been fairly consistent in their opinions.[/QUOTE] Um, isn't it a guarantee that Romney is going to be on the ballot?
[QUOTE=froztshock;36747162]Um, isn't it a guarantee that Romney is going to be on the ballot?[/QUOTE] Oh sure, no guarantee for a vote though. Except for the South, its like they have voting for Reps down to a science.
[QUOTE=Biotoxsin;36747151]He's been severely limited in his ability to act by congress, so it's hard to say where the fault lies for a number of things. On some issues, however, I feel he's failed to do his part. I.e. He should have maintained his stance on cannabis, rather than raiding dispensaries.[/QUOTE] The White House's official position is to raid them. It is not a matter of Obama not liking cannabis though, but more of a Federal affirmation of power over States that has nothing to do with who is President at the time, I suppose. It is a complicated issue that has very little to do with the actual usage of the drug itself.
Am I the only one who wonders how badly Obama smells right now?
He probably smells like America.
[QUOTE=ASmellyOgre;36746940]Where the heck does Romney come from where explaining things and inspiring people isn't a part of leadership?[/QUOTE] "Obama has failed and Americans are losing faith" [citation needed]
I'm pretty sure that if Obama continued the image he had during the campaign he would have a killer acceptance rate by now. There are people disappointed with his term, but personally, I say it wasn't half bad, he didn't make abhorrent mistakes like Dubya, and has kept a rather decent public image abroad. Few people actually diss on Obama himself rather than the current administration. If he does get a second term, he could really do wonders with a better hand on Congress.
[QUOTE=Mikesword221;36747087]I've considered him a bro since I learned he had my High School's band play during his inauguration. :v:[/QUOTE] My chorus sang at his inauguration. :words:
Yes he did sweat too much that was his problem
I am pretty sure Newt Gingrich is the sweatiest but I can't be sure
[QUOTE=Apache249;36748176]My chorus sang at his inauguration. :words:[/QUOTE] I farted when he was being sworn in on tv.
My school interrupted class to watch his inauguration live. I will always remember that moment. [editline]12th July 2012[/editline] Honestly, I have a feeling that, even though many of us do not agree with him, we all like him for being more human than most other faces in politics, or even on TV at all.
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