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Obama says no regrets, but admits tactical errors
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/7/10 | AFP

Posted on 10/17/2010 12:37:29 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama admitted having made tactical errors but stood by his accomplishments Sunday in an interview weeks ahead of crucial midterm elections.

Obama confessed to the The New York Times that during his first 20 months in office he had probably not focused enough on public relations, which, like it or not, is an all-important part of the job.

"Given how much stuff was coming at us, we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right," he was quoted as saying in a lengthy magazine piece.

With Republicans poised to make big gains in congressional and gubernatorial races in the November 2 elections, Obama and top aides also quoted in the article discussed ways to reboot his stalled presidency.

In a reinvented administration, which aides have dubbed "Obama 2.0," he will make sure he plays more by Washington's rules so that his accomplishments don't get drowned out by the opposition Republicans.

"I think anybody who's occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can't be neglecting of marketing and PR and public opinion," Obama said.

He told the newspaper he had learnt "tactical lessons" after allowing himself to look like "the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat," despite having presented himself as a fresh-scrubbed agent of political change.

Nonetheless, Obama, who took the helm in January 2009 with the United States in the midst of two wars and facing a financial crisis unseen since the Great Depression, said his administration's record had been commendable.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: errors; obama; regrets; tactical

1 posted on 10/17/2010 12:37:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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He's got that 'mini-Mussolini' thing going on ..

US President Barack Obama, pictured on October 16, admitted having made tactical errors but stood by his accomplishments Sunday in an interview weeks ahead of crucial midterm elections. (AFP/File/Saul Loeb)


2 posted on 10/17/2010 12:38:42 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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3 posted on 10/17/2010 12:39:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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tactical errors?


4 posted on 10/17/2010 12:42:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Admits *tactical* errors? Sounds like something Saul Alinsky might have done.

Or Bill Ayers.

5 posted on 10/17/2010 12:42:06 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: NormsRevenge

6 posted on 10/17/2010 12:42:27 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: NormsRevenge

The real answer is that he’s insane. I think he doesn’t care about the midterm elections because he doesn’t care one way or the other about the people who put him in power (blacks and the Dem party) because he thinks he’s moving on to bigger and better things.

He wants to be head of the UN or of some multinational agency, or perhaps Chief Mufti, because he thinks the US is beneath him. I honestly don’t think he’s going to finish out his term because he’s going to bail. He’s done all he can do to destroy us and the reaction is starting. So now it’s time to move on.

He uses people and abandons them. He’s a crazy megalomaniac.


7 posted on 10/17/2010 12:43:07 PM PDT by livius
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To: NormsRevenge

Accomplishments!! What accomplishments??


8 posted on 10/17/2010 12:44:12 PM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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Here, let me help you with that ballot.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) speaks with a fellow voter at Early Voting Polling Place in Chicago, October 14, 2010. A Reuters-Ipsos poll shows American voters are unhappy about high unemployment and are set to oust President Barack Obama's Democrats from control of the U.S. House of Representatives in Nov. 2 elections. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)


9 posted on 10/17/2010 12:44:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

This man’s arrogance knows no bounds.


10 posted on 10/17/2010 12:44:24 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: NormsRevenge
he had probably not focused enough on public relations, which, like it or not, is an all-important part of the job.

Yeah, if only he had held a few press conferences.

If only he had made some prime time speeches.

If only he had spent some time cultivating the media so that he might have gotten some support from the press.


Too bad he has shunned the spotlight.

11 posted on 10/17/2010 12:45:53 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: NormsRevenge

The damage is done. America is ready to topple and now he wants to start “playing by the rules”. KMA Barry! Take your Obama 2.0 and stick it where the sun don’t shine.


12 posted on 10/17/2010 12:46:01 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Public Servants Gone Wild".)
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To: libh8er

13 posted on 10/17/2010 12:47:25 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: NormsRevenge

You know what? I’m glad he has “no regrets.” I’m ecstatic. No regrets means no remorse, no remorse means no self-examination, no circumspection, no search for the truth. In short, no improvement and no hope of improvement ever, no mid-course correction, no triagulation, no compromise. This is a recipe for utter destruction of not only himself but his disgusting political party, the party of slavery, the party of segregation, the party of the Klan, the party of Jim Crow. The party of cheap votes at whatever price. The party of the lowest common denominator. In Obama, they have their perfect leader, icon, and champion.


14 posted on 10/17/2010 12:47:55 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: NormsRevenge
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15 posted on 10/17/2010 12:51:48 PM PDT by BocoLoco
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To: NormsRevenge

16 posted on 10/17/2010 12:54:36 PM PDT by South40 (My computer beat me at chess. But it was no match for me at kickboxing!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obamao should have blamed Bush and the republicans more often.

/s/


17 posted on 10/17/2010 12:55:22 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: NormsRevenge
A tactical error would be having majorities in both houses of Congress and still getting tripped up by bureaucratic red tape.

Can't help feeling that somewhere there is a REAL witch cackling with delight:


18 posted on 10/17/2010 12:56:15 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: NormsRevenge

we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right,’

BS, it’s the exact opposite. Politics was at the core of the policy. They did nothing but force the ‘Progressive’ agenda down our throats.


19 posted on 10/17/2010 12:57:14 PM PDT by griswold3 ('Regulation and law without enforcement is no law at all)
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To: NormsRevenge

Not enough PR? This guy is on TV practically every day.


20 posted on 10/17/2010 12:57:38 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: NormsRevenge

>> he had probably not focused enough on public relations

Nonsense. The propaganda was 24/7.


21 posted on 10/17/2010 12:58:13 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: NormsRevenge
we probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right

The Stimulus bill was based on Keynesian economic theory, which says a government stimulus may work during a depression, Democrats applied government stimulus during a recession instead, which only run up debt, Keynes could have predicted that.

Democrats wanted single payer health care, which their Health care bill didn't have.

0 for 2, either they needed more time or rushed the bills through Congress
22 posted on 10/17/2010 1:01:43 PM PDT by Son House (Democrats Starve The Private Sector, Yet Expect The Economy To Grow. The Recovery to Nowhere!)
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To: NormsRevenge

His teleprompters are absolutely exhausted. They’ve been going nonstop for two years now, because I hear he even brings them with him on the golf course.


23 posted on 10/17/2010 1:02:00 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Barry, Edith sang it better.

Edith Piaf - Non, je ne regrette rien (1961)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFRuLFR91e4


24 posted on 10/17/2010 1:07:24 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The only regret Obama has is he is not a bigger fool; if that is possible, than he already is.


25 posted on 10/17/2010 1:07:38 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: everyone; NormsRevenge

Lights Out on This One - Keep the Lights ON at Free Republic!


26 posted on 10/17/2010 1:13:43 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: South40

Thank God. Like Rush, I wanted him to FAIL.


27 posted on 10/17/2010 1:14:48 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: Gene Eric

we were all too dumb to understand the propaganda


28 posted on 10/17/2010 1:15:22 PM PDT by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: NormsRevenge

His only real accomplishment is the tingle up Chris Matthews leg.


29 posted on 10/17/2010 1:17:47 PM PDT by HearMe
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To: HearMe

Problems solved: Zer0


30 posted on 10/17/2010 1:27:54 PM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: NormsRevenge

Dude, you are a freaking moron.

Your message isn’t it the problem, it’s your policies and priorities.

It isn’t even the point of all smoke and no fire.

More like the stench from the open door of an outhouse and you continue to serve up what goes in it.

Bottom line: It’s Crrrrap!

Go back to Kenya, half wit.


31 posted on 10/17/2010 1:31:17 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: NormsRevenge
The U.S. Treasury should coin Obama's image.
 
It would be a stimulus coin and quite possibly the best investment anyone could make becuase as every collector knows coins with a mistake on them are more valuable.
 
AC
32 posted on 10/17/2010 1:41:04 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Apology accepted as soon as you give us our money back, and get the hell out.

And take the First Orangutan with you.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

33 posted on 10/17/2010 1:42:51 PM PDT by The Comedian (They Live. We Sleep.)
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To: Vendome
It would be a stimulus coin and quite possibly the best investment anyone could make becuase as every collector knows coins with a mistake on them are more valuable.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

34 posted on 10/17/2010 1:49:23 PM PDT by The Comedian (They Live. We Sleep.)
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To: The Comedian

Thank you.


35 posted on 10/17/2010 2:01:51 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Watching Pres. Obama has been quite instructive for me. He’s so over-the-top arrogant, and ridiculous in his behaviour toward those who oppose him, that I’ve learned a lot. It’s too bad the lessons had to come at the expense of our country.


36 posted on 10/17/2010 2:13:54 PM PDT by FourPeas (Pester not the geek, for the electrons are his friends.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, I don’t regret that he committed “tactical errors,” either.


37 posted on 10/17/2010 2:46:41 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Gay State Conservative

He’s gone from, “The difference is that you have me,” to admitting “tactical” errors. That’s a good start. You’ve gotta admit your disease in order to begin to heal.


38 posted on 10/17/2010 2:49:16 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: NormsRevenge

“how much stuff was coming at us”?!

Does he think anyone has forgotten all the months he neglected everything in order to force Obamacare down the throats of Americans, a majority of whom opposed it? Hussein is nuts and thinks no one can see it.


39 posted on 10/17/2010 3:03:49 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: DarthVader

“Accomplishments!! What accomplishments??”

Since he won’t tell us, we’ll have to infer it from the record:

1) Longest recovery since the Depression: mission accomplished.
2) Highest number of Americans in poverty in over 1/2 century: mission accomplished.
4) Highest level of Food Stamp usage in history: mission accomplished.
3) Large increase in number of uninsured in a single year (4 million): mission accomplished.
4) Passage on a party-line vote of the largest bill in history that was opposed by a majority of Americans for most of the year prior to its passage: mission accomplished.
5) Largest deficits ever during first two years of presidency: mission accomplished.
6) Largest ever proposed increase in national debt over 10 years: mission accomplished.
7) Fastest decline in public approval ratings during first 22 months in office: mission accomplished.

You get the point. This guy is racking up all sorts of records in the history books, but if you call him on any of it, he’ll blame GWB or the Republicans for all the havoc he has created.


40 posted on 10/17/2010 3:52:32 PM PDT by DrC
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To: Carley
Post of the Day:


Obamao should have blamed Bush and the Republicans more often.



41 posted on 10/17/2010 4:33:00 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: NormsRevenge
Bad optics....
42 posted on 10/17/2010 5:19:05 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( How do you spell "moral hazard"?: $ 19, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0.)
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To: South40
"Optics" issues... that's all
43 posted on 10/17/2010 5:23:35 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( How do you spell "moral hazard"?: $ 19, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0.)
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To: Son House
Oops. Embarrassing:
44 posted on 10/17/2010 5:26:03 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( How do you spell "moral hazard"?: $ 19, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0.)
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To: Gene Eric
"Optics" problems (cont'ed):
45 posted on 10/17/2010 5:36:43 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( How do you spell "moral hazard"?: $ 19, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0.)
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To: prairiebreeze

mark


46 posted on 10/17/2010 5:38:34 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (The Professional Left: Using Your Money to Promote Their Ideology Since the 1930's)
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama’s probably thinking, “Darn! Hitler was loved, Lenin, Pol Pot, Mao, Chavez....why not me too?”


47 posted on 10/17/2010 6:59:43 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (Obama & the "Dem Party" have proved America is ready for Fascism/Socialism.)
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To: NormsRevenge
during his first 20 months in office he had probably not focused enough on public relations

Didn't he give like 487,000 speeches during that time? How much more public relations can the nation stand?
48 posted on 10/17/2010 8:34:44 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Am I my half-brother's keeper?)
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To: NormsRevenge

49 posted on 10/18/2010 11:46:41 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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