Obama: My Biggest Mistake Was Failure to 'Tell a Story'
President says he focused on policy at the expense of inspiration: CBS video
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2012 6:52 PM CDT
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(Newser) – President Obama's biggest mistake in his first term? Republicans probably have a quick answer involving the words "health care," but Obama himself got a little abstract about the subject in an interview with Charlie Rose of CBS:

  • "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."

  • "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."
  • When Rose asked him whether he meant he needed to explain himself better, Obama replied, "explaining, but also inspiring."
  • Mitt Romney: In a quick response spotted by the Weekly Standard, he says the presidency isn't "about telling stories," it's "about leading."

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Jul 14, 2012 12:21 AM CDT
hey bo go easy on yourself it is your mom who made the mistake not you.
Jul 13, 2012 4:27 PM CDT
Oh! My! cry me a river! You know that just is not true that he did not tell a story to the American people,he told a lot! of stories to the American people,nothing good,still stories,lies,fairytale kind of stories! false hope! promises he never kept.He told another story just by saying he never told a story. confused.I would say. http://americaimpeachobama.yolasite.com/19.php http://americaimpeachobama.yolasite.com/47.php http://americaimpeachobama.yolasite.com/10.php http://americaimpeachobama.yolasite.com/16.php http://americaimpeachobama.yolasite.com/4.php
Jul 13, 2012 11:43 AM CDT
No, Your biggest mistake was taking the Abe Lincoln biographies to heart, and being too nice to your enemies, hoping to win them over. You should have taken the wall street perverts and "hung 'em high." Instead, you coddled them. They decided you were weak. And you have zero support from them now, although you held their hands instead of putting them on trial. That's just "BUSINESS ETHICS, don't you know?