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Obama: My Biggest Mistake Was Failure to 'Tell a Story'
newser.com ^ | 7/12/12 | John Johnson

Posted on 07/12/2012 7:54:16 PM PDT by Justaham

President Obama's biggest mistake in his first term? Republicans probably have a quick answer involving the words "health care," but Obama himself got a little abstract about the subject in an interview with Charlie Rose of CBS:

• "When I think about what we've done well and what we haven't done well, 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."

• "It's funny—when I ran, everybody said, 'Well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?' And in my first two years, I think the notion was, 'Well, he's been juggling and managing a lot of stuff, but where's the story that tells us where he's going?' And I think that was a legitimate criticism."

• When Rose asked him whether he meant he needed to explain himself better, Obama replied, "explaining, but also inspiring."

• Mitt Romney: In a quick response spotted by the Weekly Standard, he says the presidency isn't "about telling stories," it's "about leading."

(Excerpt) Read more at newser.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: duplicate; obamabiggestmistake

1 posted on 07/12/2012 7:54:31 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham

We all love a great story...if he loses it is definitely because he didn’t dumb it down enough for us...lol.


2 posted on 07/12/2012 7:57:37 PM PDT by willyd
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To: Justaham

No I think it was being Born. well we could hollow him out and make a wet suit


3 posted on 07/12/2012 7:57:53 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Justaham
....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....

There is a vast difference between reciting fictional stories from a teleprompter and leadership. He is bad at the former, and is a dismal failure at the latter.

4 posted on 07/12/2012 7:58:46 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Justaham

He has told a lot of stories, sad thing is that most of them are just stories.(Lies)


5 posted on 07/12/2012 7:59:37 PM PDT by mortal19440
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To: Justaham

Stories? He’s already telling fairy tales, why change anything?


6 posted on 07/12/2012 8:00:21 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: Justaham

Liars always default to lying. It is all he really knows.


7 posted on 07/12/2012 8:06:23 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: Justaham

Also Sprach Zerothustra


8 posted on 07/12/2012 8:07:37 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Also Sprach Zerothustra)
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To: Justaham
I'll say it again...

...where's the story that tells us where he's going?' And I think that was a legitimate criticism.
We all know where the story is going when it starts out "Once upon a time..."

9 posted on 07/12/2012 8:15:20 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Justaham

“—was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important.”

Translation: Once we try it the ‘right way’ then communism will be a success.

“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.”

Shut up and eat your peas Mr. President. You can’t name a single instance where you even tried to give us a sense of unity, purpose, or optimism. Your entire administration has been a nightmare.

FUBO


10 posted on 07/12/2012 8:24:03 PM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: Justaham

So did he make up another composite for the past 3 years?


11 posted on 07/12/2012 8:31:54 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Justaham

Now obama thinks he’s Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge. He probably thinks moockel is Nicole Kidmann!


12 posted on 07/12/2012 8:38:42 PM PDT by parisa
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To: Justaham

Mitt scores one! Who’da thunk that it wasn’t about telling stories.


13 posted on 07/12/2012 8:42:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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To: Justaham
Republicans Patriotic Conservatives probably have a quick answer involving the words "God Damn scurrilous communist"
14 posted on 07/12/2012 8:43:55 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Justaham

“I always like to keep my audience riveted.”


15 posted on 07/12/2012 8:45:22 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator

Punk leather???


16 posted on 07/12/2012 8:48:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew)
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I drews u a chart, Bobo:
17 posted on 07/12/2012 8:48:46 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (=)
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To: Justaham
"The Story" concept is a big buzz idea in corporate communications these days.

Cheeseball consultants make a mint with their Powerpoint presentations selling businesses on the idea that their woes are due to their lack of a coherent "story."

It's all about reducing everything to a single character, emotional, simple to understand, graphics heavy tale of somebody with a problem and how your entity helped them solve it.

18 posted on 07/12/2012 8:50:56 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: al baby

LOL...


19 posted on 07/12/2012 9:02:25 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Justaham

So of all his big mistakes this one was the biggest?
Well, he practically admitted that his first term was a failure. Romney’s campaign should take that “slip” and run with it.

In Obama’s own words: “My biggest mistake was...(fill in the blank)”.
That would a great campaign ad.


20 posted on 07/12/2012 9:10:16 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: Justaham
Obama: My Biggest Mistake Was Failure to 'Tell a Story'

Geez, Barry. You've been doing nothing but telling stories your whole life.
21 posted on 07/12/2012 9:28:13 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan
You misunderstood. The Mombasa MF couldn't SELL a story.

Ain't nobody with a brain buyin' the boy's stories. This is a national intelligence test.

22 posted on 07/12/2012 9:39:52 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: aruanan
You misunderstood. The Mombasa MF couldn't SELL a story.

Ain't nobody with a brain buyin' the boy's stories. This is a national intelligence test.

23 posted on 07/12/2012 9:40:09 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: aruanan

and mostly fake stories...


24 posted on 07/12/2012 9:43:05 PM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85)
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To: citizencon
That would a great campaign ad.

That would be a great campaign ad, if Romney had a campaign. Or if his advisers weren't metrosexual RINO wimps who are trying to out-democrat Democrats.

Romney is one mighty weak cup'o'coffee. Plain vanilla. No syrup. Not tough enough take the chopped nuts from his opponent.

He keeps going like he's going, he's going to make Bob Dole's campaign look exciting.

25 posted on 07/12/2012 9:46:09 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and FU Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Justaham

That all depends on how you define “story”.


26 posted on 07/12/2012 9:57:08 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: Justaham

All he’s done so far is tell stories and destroy our lives.


27 posted on 07/12/2012 10:09:50 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Justaham

No. His biggest mistake was that he told us TOO MANY stories.


28 posted on 07/12/2012 10:47:27 PM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: Justaham
You mean like this kind of story? You've been telling it your whole life, ya Commie bastard.



29 posted on 07/12/2012 10:54:34 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Justaham
My Biggest Mistake Was Failure to 'Tell a Story'

FAILURE to "Tell a Story"? Jeez Louise, what do you call the pablum this man as been spewing since November, 2008, maybe even before??

30 posted on 07/12/2012 10:57:00 PM PDT by ssaftler (Obama 2008: "Hope and Change" Obama 2012: "Excuses and Blame")
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To: Justaham
"Now listen up, kids. I want to tell you the most amazing story you've ever heard..."



31 posted on 07/12/2012 10:58:53 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: ssaftler

Thinking about it, the last 3 1/2 years has been

One
Bad
Ass
Mistake,
America

to bring back the old slogan.


32 posted on 07/12/2012 11:02:03 PM PDT by ssaftler (11/6/2012: Time to repeal our One Bad-Ass Mistake, America.)
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To: Justaham

His biggest mistake is telling stories all along. Truth would be a change I could believe in.


33 posted on 07/12/2012 11:42:25 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Justaham
Failure to tell a story?

Which one did he miss?

Grimmer's Fairy Tales....

34 posted on 07/13/2012 12:15:16 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Justaham

I don’t know what Barry is talking about. He’s been telling us one story after another since the bass turd hit “rising star” status.


35 posted on 07/13/2012 12:19:49 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Help reduce voter fraud in America! If you see something, say something!)
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To: Justaham

IIRC, there may be some Russian skin in the game. Are the items trucked to the Bekka Valley still up there? If someone hit that facility with the right bunker buster, who knows what would get out (including the story about how the Russian convoys moved Saddam’s WMDs out before the coalition troops rolled in).


36 posted on 07/13/2012 12:24:34 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Oops, wrong thread.


37 posted on 07/13/2012 12:27:33 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Justaham

nah the biggest mistake was the lack of contraception used by your parents.


38 posted on 07/13/2012 1:55:29 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: Justaham

At least the guy is willing to take responsibility for his failure in office (/s to a ridiculous degree).


39 posted on 07/13/2012 2:55:49 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Kenny Bunk
He keeps going like he's going, he's going to make Bob Dole's campaign look exciting.

Well, my "story", and I'm sticking with it, is that the RiNO Imperium asked Mittens to step up and take one for the team while they hang the Dems with the RiNOs' dirty work. John McPain got in and got the nom four years ago when Mittens couldn't light up a wad of newspaper with a cutting torch. So Mittens finally gets his "turn" to fall on his sword, like noble Brutus, for the old-school multi-billionaires. (I said old school -- not your Buffetts and Jobses and Gateses, many of whom are Dims anyway.)

The job the Lords Ordainers want done -- and Bozo hasn't finished it yet, is to get Obozocare far enough along that the Fortune 500 can dump their employee healthcare plans and smash wages with green-card help and finally achieve "productivity parity" with the slums of Calcutta.

40 posted on 07/13/2012 4:44:25 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Justaham

Obama, The Poor Communicator


41 posted on 07/13/2012 5:47:22 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Justaham

That’s pretty much ALL he’s been doing since Day One, is telling fictional stories...

He’s lied so much, he actually BELIEVES himself now.


42 posted on 07/13/2012 5:53:20 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Justaham
Tell me a story, Grandma:


43 posted on 07/13/2012 6:34:23 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Justaham

when I was a kid, we were not allowed to use the phrase, “You lied!” We said, “OOOO. You’re in trouble cause you ‘made up a story’.”

Silly, yes, I agree, but...

I’d say Obama told us MANY stories during his 2008 campaign and during his 3.5 year reign of terror that I PRAY will come to an end in January!


44 posted on 07/13/2012 7:29:06 AM PDT by a real Sheila (Hypocrisy, thy name is Leftist.)
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To: Justaham

Everything about Obama is ‘a Story’.

He is a fabrication. worse than anything from the Grimm Fairy Tales.

All he does is butt into daily TV programming & spoil the ending to some series we have watched all season.

I wonder if I will live long enough for the real facts about Barry the Imposter to surface.


45 posted on 07/13/2012 8:44:28 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Justaham

Tell a lie long enough and people will eventually believe it as truth...... =.=


46 posted on 07/13/2012 9:04:08 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Justaham

As far as I’m concerned, he’s told quite a story, you know, about being born in Hawaii and all.


47 posted on 07/13/2012 10:07:37 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (Pray for America. She is the world's last best hope for freedom. May it not be too late.)
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To: Justaham

Not the problem - the real problem is the stories he’s told that are helpful are lies and the stories he’s told that are destructive, he does.


48 posted on 07/13/2012 12:21:12 PM PDT by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: Justaham

Every time he opens his mouth he tells stories - as in LIES!


49 posted on 07/14/2012 8:08:49 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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