"Teachable Moments" Ignored
For someone who loves to lecture us on "teachable moments," you'd think he'd learn from one. One year into his presidency, The Chosen One's policies have been rebuked by the American public. Now, in his best "it ain't my fault" chat with Georgie Stephanopoulos, he tries to explain how even the bluest of bluest states rejected his radical left agenda. Unfortunately, it looks like he still doesn't get it. Today's NY Post has the full recap.
We were just so darn busy, we didn't effectively communicate with the public!
"If there's one thing that I regret this year, it's that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us, that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values," said Obama.We should all be so busy and manage to go on 4 vacations totaling 26 days, play 29 rounds of golf, spend countless hours posing for magazine covers and host cocktail parties a few times a week.
Now, for the second part of that quote:
"I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values"You see, he didn't get a chance to explain to us during his 42 news conferences, 158 interviews or his 411 speeches and remarks, including 52 addresses or statements on health-care reform efforts alone.
If only we did this faster!
But Obama maintained he was right to pursue a health-care fix. He claimed it wasn't a "personal hobby horse," and regretted only that it didn't go "faster."Brilliant. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you proof you can't fix stupid. The voters rejected this monstrosity of a healthcare bill precisely BECAUSE it was rushed through! They were trying to force this down the throats of the American public BEFORE anyone really had a chance to understand what was in this bill! Well, that and the weekend midnight votes, strong-arm tactics of his buddies in congress and that was rife with bribes and backroom dealing.
"There is no doubt that that is something that we had to do," he said.
You gotta believe me!
"I do believe that we're in a stronger position now than we were in a year ago."You have to be the only one.
Unemployment December 2008: 7.4%
Unemployment December 2009: 10.0%
Deficit Jan 2009: $6.3 Trillion
Deficit Jan 2010: $9.6 Trillion
Terrorists 2008: Face Military Tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, basic Geneva Convention rights.
Terrorists 2009: Face Civilian Trials in NYC, given full rights to an attorney reserved for American citizens.
Things are better today than they were a year ago only if you work for the government, belong to al-Qaeda, happen to be a union boss or have the Secret Service protecting you.
There's more in the interview about it was his busiest year (of course, he never had a real job before) and he uses the tired "blame the guy before me" excuse as well.
All in all, he wants us to believe he learned a lot from the loss in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, it looks like he really hasn't.