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Obama: "Leadership Isn't Just Legislation" (we didn't sell our message)
CBS News ^ | 11/5/10 | Staff

Posted on 11/05/2010 6:03:02 AM PDT by randita

Nov. 5, 2010

Obama: "Leadership Isn't Just Legislation"

After Midterm Defeat, Humbled President Acknowledges Failures in Exclusive "60 Minutes" Interview

(CBS) After a suffering a "shellacking" in the midterm elections, President Obama acknowledges what many have seen as his chief weakness - failing to sell the importance of several legislative milestones to the American people.

"I think that's a fair argument. I think that, over the course of two years we were so busy and so focused on getting a bunch of stuff done that, we stopped paying attention to the fact that leadership isn't just legislation. That it's a matter of persuading people. And giving them confidence and bringing them together. And setting a tone," Mr. Obama told 60 Minutes' Steve Kroft in an exclusive interview set to air Sunday. (See clip below)

"Making an argument that people can understand," Mr. Obama continued, "I think that we haven't always been successful at that. And I take personal responsibility for that. And it's something that I've got to examine carefully … as I go forward."

Republicans enjoyed significant victories Tuesday, wresting control of the House of Representatives from the Democrats and picking up six seats in the Senate, as frustration over the economy drove voter sentiment.

A humbled Mr. Obama, who termed the defeat a "shellacking" during a postelection press conference Wednesday, must now grapple with an emboldened and empowered political enemy with its sights set on undoing much of what he accomplished in the last two years - including an effort to repeal his signature achievement, health care reform, reports CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante.

Watch the entire exclusive interview with President Obama on 60 Minutes this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: liberalagenda; obama
He has spent the first half of his term criss crossing the country selling the agenda. He explained it extremely clearly, but it was a NO SALE.

I wonder if he really believes what he's saying or if he is delusional.

1 posted on 11/05/2010 6:03:04 AM PDT by randita
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To: randita
(we didn't sell our message)

Translation: "You people didn't listen."

2 posted on 11/05/2010 6:04:35 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: randita

Constantly complaining that you ‘inherited this mess’ is not selling your product. Of course, once the folks saw that your product was sugar coated meadow muffins, that made your job even harder.


3 posted on 11/05/2010 6:05:27 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: randita

He’s as deranged as any dictator in history. At some point, an insider will spill the truth in order to save the country. God willing, early enough to get him impeached.


4 posted on 11/05/2010 6:06:11 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Darkwolf377

5 posted on 11/05/2010 6:06:58 AM PDT by Colonial Warrior (Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.)
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To: randita

Well, I guess he would consider Jim Jones a successful leader.


6 posted on 11/05/2010 6:08:35 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (You are just jealous because the voices aren't talking to YOU!)
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To: randita

***”Making an argument that people can understand,” Mr. Obama continued, “I think that we haven’t always been successful at that.***

Ah, but you have, Mr. Resident, and we understood you. That’s why we voted against your Deathcare and abortion and higher taxes.


7 posted on 11/05/2010 6:08:53 AM PDT by kitkat
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To: randita

8 posted on 11/05/2010 6:09:26 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: randita
I wonder if he really believes what he's saying or if he is delusional.

The answer is: yes and yes. The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, most delusional people deeply believe what they are saying.

9 posted on 11/05/2010 6:10:05 AM PDT by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasi goreng)
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To: randita

We heard the message-loud and clear-over and over again.

They will NEVER admit that we didn’t LIKE THE F’n message!!!


10 posted on 11/05/2010 6:10:20 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Stay focused and determined. Our destination is NOVEMBER!!)
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To: randita

We got the message, Barky, loud and clear.


11 posted on 11/05/2010 6:10:33 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: randita
He's not a leader.

He's a dictator-wannabe.

And he's pissed.

12 posted on 11/05/2010 6:10:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government has no other end, but the preservation of property." --John Locke)
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To: randita

Maybe if he would appear on TV six or seven times a day we would understand. One or two times a day aren’t doing it.


13 posted on 11/05/2010 6:10:45 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: randita
I'm brilliant.
I'm articulate.
I constantly appear on TV, telling people about my policies.
But I guess that my message didn't get through.

I have no choice but to conclude that you people are clueless and unable to accept reality.

14 posted on 11/05/2010 6:11:11 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: randita
When you vote on stuff that you haven't even read, it's pretty clear you have no idea what you are doing.

Just following the party marching orders isn't leadership either.

This is the most disgraceful, irresponsible congress ever!

Quote of the year: "Just pass it, then we'll find out what it's about"

No wonder they all got fired.

15 posted on 11/05/2010 6:11:21 AM PDT by evad (Every time a conservative votes, a liberal cries)
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To: randita

All of us who GOT the message, voted to reject it.

The ones who DID NOT get the message, elected “O” in the first place and STILL support him.


16 posted on 11/05/2010 6:11:27 AM PDT by SMARTY ("..discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you")
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To: Islander7
Constantly complaining that you ‘inherited this mess’ is not selling your product.

1. They didn't quite inherit it --they were the main cause --though Bush with his Compassionate Conservatism spending didn't help

2. Nobody forced him to spend $$$$$$$ to get elected If he wasn't up to the job he should have stayed in the senate
17 posted on 11/05/2010 6:11:47 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: Colonial Warrior

I want that on a bumper sticker!


18 posted on 11/05/2010 6:11:54 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: randita

Leadership isn’t legislation,

and forcing unwanted garbage thru Congress against the will of the people isn’t even legislation.

Botox Nancy and Bammy tried to rule and reign.


19 posted on 11/05/2010 6:12:08 AM PDT by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: randita

He really believes that Americans will buy anything as long as it’s packaged attractively and sold aggressively. After all, they bought HIM, didn’t they? What he doesn’t realize is that it only works with people who have no underlying principles to begin with. If your only priority is “get what you can” then sure, legislation is like any other product being sold on the shelves and if you can convince the consumer that they desperately need a cheese grater and some Ginsu knives for three easy payments, then great. But he doesn’t understand that many of us have underlying principles that preclude a simple get-what-you-can mentality. And you cannot sell a cheese grater to someone who knows they’ve poisoned all the cheese.


20 posted on 11/05/2010 6:12:28 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Instead of building a grand mosque at Ground Zero, let's build a Ground Zero at their Grand Mosque.)
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To: Gadsden1st
I never used my mute or change the channel so many times sense the Kenyan was elected.

Nobody was buying what he was selling.

21 posted on 11/05/2010 6:12:31 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: Darkwolf377
You mean we didn't "bow"...to his majesty???

Stop saying we're stupid. It's not about selling...it's about socialism.

22 posted on 11/05/2010 6:12:40 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: randita
Exclusive "60 Minutes" Interview

What is exclusive about interviewing someone who is interviewed by everyone?

23 posted on 11/05/2010 6:13:04 AM PDT by hflynn (The One is really the Number Two)
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To: evad

Yep

Passing Obama Care to “SAVE” his presidency is not how legislation is supposed to be enacted


24 posted on 11/05/2010 6:14:04 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: randita

Tell Obama I didn’t hear him because I was in the back of the bus.


25 posted on 11/05/2010 6:14:11 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: randita
"Making an argument that people can understand," Mr. Obama continued, "I think that we haven't always been successful at that. And I take personal responsibility for that. And it's something that I've got to examine carefully … as I go forward."

The peasants are too stupid to undrstand my brilliance - B. Hussein Obama.

26 posted on 11/05/2010 6:14:14 AM PDT by MortMan (To Obama "Kill them all and let [God] sort them out" is an abortion slogan.)
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To: scooby321
The Kenyan will be on TV in a minute on jobs report.

The American Jobs should hire 150,000 just to keep up with growth.

27 posted on 11/05/2010 6:14:59 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: randita

“The problem is not that we were trying to polish a turd, but that we didn’t polish it shiny enough.”


28 posted on 11/05/2010 6:16:36 AM PDT by Elwood P. Doud (America, you voted for a negro socialist with an Islamic name - so why are you surprised?)
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To: MortMan

Apparently the peasants are to stupid to undrstand how to spell understand, too! ;-P


29 posted on 11/05/2010 6:17:57 AM PDT by MortMan (To Obama "Kill them all and let [God] sort them out" is an abortion slogan.)
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To: randita

CBS trying to prop up a President and his rejected policies.


30 posted on 11/05/2010 6:19:19 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Class warfare is Obama's thing.)
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To: Sacajaweau
You mean we didn't "bow"...to his majesty??? Stop saying we're stupid. It's not about selling...it's about socialism.

But that's just it, he does think we're stupid. Worse, he thinks he is brilliant, and has to fool all us stupid people into letting him take charge of our lives.

That's a disastrous combination--thinking you have all the answers for someone you don't respect, when you can barely read a sentence off a teleprompter.

31 posted on 11/05/2010 6:19:36 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: randita
America responds to Barack's message...


32 posted on 11/05/2010 6:20:41 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: randita
I think that, over the course of two years we were so busy and so focused on getting a bunch of stuff done that, we stopped paying attention to the fact that leadership isn't just legislation.

70+ rounds of golf tends to take their toll.

33 posted on 11/05/2010 6:20:51 AM PDT by paul in cape
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To: ClearCase_guy

“I have no choice but to conclude that you people are clueless and unable to accept reality.”

Excellent point. This was the message that came through loud and clear to me. Newsflash: We HEARD your message, hated your message, and now have rejected your message.

Obama comes from a background that has their leaders spout off all kinds of rhetorical crap and the sheep just blindly follow and shout praise as they speak. (ie Rev Wright) It doesn’t work that way in our country as a whole. Go back to community organizing where you are loved and adored. Leave the Presidency to a grownup.


34 posted on 11/05/2010 6:24:48 AM PDT by Matt Hatter
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To: randita
Methinks 0bama is still paddling down that great tributary in Egypt.

5.56mm

35 posted on 11/05/2010 6:25:15 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: randita

We heard this same crap from Democrats in the 1990s.


36 posted on 11/05/2010 6:28:10 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: randita
I think that's a fair argument. I think that, over the course of two years we were so busy and so focused on getting a bunch of stuff done that . . . .

Excuse me Mr President a bunch of stuff? What exactly do you mean when you say a bunch of stuff?

Well you know, er, er, er stuff. I don't get lost in the details, er, er you know I don't actually read this stuff but I do know Harry and Nancy er, er, have sent me a bunch of stuff to sign.

37 posted on 11/05/2010 6:32:43 AM PDT by hflynn (The One is really the Number Two)
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To: Islander7

I wonder how many folks truly know what a meadow muffin is.. LOL

Great analogy too..


38 posted on 11/05/2010 6:35:05 AM PDT by Airwinger (Semper Fi, Time to use that motto for our Constitution. (ALWAYS FAITHFUL!))
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To: randita
A humbled Mr. Obama, who termed the defeat a "shellacking" during a postelection press conference Wednesday, must now grapple with an emboldened and empowered political enemy

There goes CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante, calling Republicans "the enemy" (just repeating his master's talking points, I guess)...

39 posted on 11/05/2010 6:40:03 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Darkwolf377
Oh, the problem isn't that we didn't listen. We listened very carefully and then we thought about it. We didn't like the initial presentation and liked it even less after we had time to think about it.

Obama and his supporting “professional” politicians presented us a flawed program and everyone knew it. Then as more details came out and “we have to pass the bill before we know what is in it” statements were made the distrust went even higher.

IMHO, the first half of Obama’s rule coupled with all of their openly and freely made statements have poisoned the only political well within two years. Everything the ruleing party and Emperor Obama attempt during the next twenty-four months will be viewed against what has happen in the previous twenty odd months. After, there is no other record on Obama’s performance to use is there?

If Obama and his supporting “professional” politicians are stupid enough to make the forthcoming lame duck session their final push the next two years will be even harder on them.

Odds of them learning to pull back - very slim to none.

40 posted on 11/05/2010 6:42:42 AM PDT by Nip
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To: randita

“I should have been on TV more.” Brilliant.


41 posted on 11/05/2010 6:42:44 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: randita

I can’t read this one or I will hurl and I just cleaned my keyboard.


42 posted on 11/05/2010 7:21:25 AM PDT by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: randita

It’s what Soros told him to say. This asshat doesn’t have a clue.


43 posted on 11/05/2010 7:30:12 AM PDT by mortal19440
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To: randita

They couldn’t sell the Legislation, because there is no market for Dog Poo.

They knew that. That is why they shoved it down our throats.

Now we have top hack it up.


44 posted on 11/05/2010 7:43:05 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: randita

You know, I totally agree with Obama: he was not good enough of a salesman to convince the American public that a steam pile of Marxist horse doody was actually a gleaming pile of golden prosperity!


45 posted on 11/05/2010 8:09:07 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff!)
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To: Nip

I think it is increasingly likely that Obama will see this as his only chance to completely overwhelm the system. His next two years will be more of the first two as he and Pelosi shove everything they can into the pipeline. I’ve always thought that he would be completely fine with one term if it meant he did enough damage to get the real job done, namely, setting the stage for a “progressive” revamping of the nation.

The first thing that needs to be done to build up this socialist dreamland of his is to destroy the existing system. In his mind, if he does that, he will be seen as a “transformational” president, our own Lenin, Stalin or Mao. And he will leave office and spend the rest of his life being paid millions to speak before adoring crowds, which is what he really wants to do.


46 posted on 11/05/2010 9:56:56 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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