President Obama revealed what he believes is "the mistake" of his first term, during a sit down with CBS This Morning's Charlie Rose Thursday, and it's kind of... not the mistake we're used to hearing about from his opponents. In the interview, which will air on Sunday and Monday, Obama tells Rose:
"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."
This is in fact so obviously in opposition to the Republican line on Obama's presidency—that he speaks well but governs poorly—that it's almost like the president is taunting his critics. Contrast that with this American Crossroads ad, for instance, that features a woman saying, "I supported President Obama because he spoke so beautifully. He promised change. But things changed for the worse."
Isn't that kind of the opposite? But Obama's pulling the classic move we all use when asked about our "greatest weakness" in job interviews and reply with some humble-bragging like, "I just work myself too hard" or "I never take enough lunch." Not that we should be surprised: Running for reelection does mean, after all, that national interviews become something like a job interview for Obama.
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