Setting the Record Straight
A couple news outlets are picking up on Obama’s interview with Kroft on 60 Minutes and, in particular, the comments from the President stating that he doesn’t believe he “overpromised” improvements to voters, nor did he “underestimate” the difficulty of righting the country’s ship.
First, politicians always overpromise. There are always people counting and tallying the number of “broken promises” that polticians made. The big issue here isn’t that he overpromised or even that he underestimated (see below) the difficult path ahead of him, that issue is that he has failed to demonstrate clear, effective and strong leadership throughout his term on any of these issues.
Second, he did overpromise. Multiple times. Guantanimo closed in a year? Specific to this point, the stimulus was supposed to get unemployment under 8%. Obama is pulling a standard democrat ploy and is moving the goalposts saying that it’s just taking longer. Fine, I promise unemployment will be below 8% before the year 2100. Aside from the time-traveling robot aspect, I’ll stick by that promise. Elect me!!! What about the Summer of Recovery (2010)? or maybe the Son of Summer Recovery (2011)? Where’s Joe Biden now on creating jobs and getting the country moving? Exactly.
Finally, let us get to the crux – he believes that he didn’t underestimate how hard it would be to address the economic woes.
President Obama, April 21, 2011, San Francisco: “change turned out to be a lot tougher than expected”
VP Biden discussing the Administration’s push for the Stimulus, December 20, 2008: “[the economy] is in much worse shape than we thought it was in”
And apparently he underestimated how tough it would be to staff his cabinet roles. In January 2009, the President tolk George Staphanopolis: “We’re closing in on [selecting a dog]. This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary”
We’re not the only ones. Even Hilary Clinton as a presidential candidate thought the same thing when she stated that he’s not ready for that 3 a.m. phone call.
Any candidate who wants to defeat Obama need only point to the first item above. The second and third are only supporting arguments to this one, true fact: Obama has not demonstrated clear and strong leadership.
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