Yesterday, Barack and Michelle Obama sat down with CBS News’ Charlie Rose to do an interview that will be aired in full this Sunday. Today, they released a couple of teaser snippets, including one in which the One explains the one mistake he made in his first two years in office:
“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.”
Let’s let that sink in for a second, or if you are among the 15% of so adults who are under or unemployed, for a few hours. After all, what else do you have to do? Barack Obama believes that the mistake he made is not telling us a good story. I don’t know about you, but I think he’s told us enough stories, including, but not limited to I’m sure, the following:
- the phony story about his parents, and their ‘improbable love”
- the equally fake story about his happy little family living in the tropical paradise, Hawaii, until his father left when he was two years old
- his grandfather’s torture at the hands of the evil white British colonialists
- his stepgrandfather’s martyrdom fighting the evil white Dutch colonialists
- his horror as a child in Indonesia, reading a Life magazine story about a black man, horrible disfigured when he tried to bleach his skin
- his struggles in a relationship with a white girlfriend who could not appreciate the black experience
- his lack of familiarity with the details of the real estate transaction that allowed him and Mooch to purchase their Hyde Park mansion, courtesy of convicted felon Tony Rezko
- his bare acquaintance with the guy from the neighborhood, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers
- his shock when learning about the poisonous, racist, anti-American bile spewed from the pulpit by his pastor of 20 years, Rev. Jeremiah Wright
I could go on, but I think you see the point.
This silly navel-gazing remark is so unintentionally revealing. Socialist dictators love to rally the masses with inspiring stories, dramatic slogans, calls to unity and promises of a brighter tomorrow, hoping that they won’t notice that, decade after decade, the people continue to live in misery and economic deprivation, while the story tellers live large, and nothing gets better for anyone else. The slave island Cuba is a perfect example.
The American people are not suffering from lack of fairy tales. We are suffering from a lack of economic growth and jobs that it brings. Sir, you did not get “the policy right.” It is your big government, redistributionist policies that are strangling our economy. As you said on the Today Show on February 2, 2009, since you didn’t get it done, this presidency should be a one-term proposition.
Cheer up, Barry. It’s not like simply because you are going to be beaten like a drum in November, that all is lost, or that you don’t have anything left to offer. Americans always love a good story, and you’ve proven your ability to tell one, especially with the help of that guy from the neighborhood.