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Obama: My Biggest Mistake Was Not 'Telling a Story' (Updated)
weeklystandard.com ^ | 7/12/12 | MICHAEL WARREN

Posted on 07/12/2012 4:47:20 PM PDT by ColdOne

"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."

Mr. Obama acknowledged the dissonance between others' perception of his strength as an expert orator, and his own.

"It's funny - when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?" he said. "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."

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; story

1 posted on 07/12/2012 4:47:30 PM PDT by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne
All he does is tell stories!
2 posted on 07/12/2012 4:49:23 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: ColdOne

Words-——just words————


3 posted on 07/12/2012 4:51:53 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: ColdOne
I found this statement slightly hilarious because “telling a story” was the term my dad always used for lying. Such as, “You can believe anything he says, he's always telling a story.”
4 posted on 07/12/2012 4:52:14 PM PDT by apillar
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Hey Barry! We don’t even know who the hell you are!


5 posted on 07/12/2012 4:52:41 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: ColdOne
What is he trying to say???

When I first saw him on Oprah...when he was sharking his book, I walked away with the same feeling....What the hell is he trying to say?? He's just blah, blah, blah.....

6 posted on 07/12/2012 4:53:28 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: ColdOne
Obama has been telling lots of stories and all of them phony.
7 posted on 07/12/2012 4:53:28 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Even this story he’s telling here is a collection of lies — like all his stories. Thanks ColdOne.


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9 posted on 07/12/2012 4:54:17 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ColdOne

Oohhhh. He is SO misunderstood. His brain is so gigantic and charged, that common people just CAN’T figure out what he is trying to do, so ignorance fills the vacuum.

You know what irritates me? Regardless of if this POS wins or not in November, there are going to be schools named after him, streets will have their name changed, government buildings will bear his name.

For the rest of my life, regardless of what happens to that jackass, I am going to have to be subjected to seeing his Marxist moniker on things.


10 posted on 07/12/2012 4:54:39 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: ColdOne

Whaaaat?


11 posted on 07/12/2012 4:54:54 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile (Ask me no questions, I"ll tell you no lies)
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To: apillar

He’s told a story, unfortunately for the country its a horror story...


12 posted on 07/12/2012 4:56:22 PM PDT by apillar
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To: ColdOne

So what’s “Dreams From My Father”?


13 posted on 07/12/2012 4:57:48 PM PDT by Argus
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To: ColdOne
"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."

Obama's time in our White House tells one unified story. From the beer summit when 'the Cambridge police acted stupidly' to 'if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon' and every moment in between with Holder obstructing justice by "looking after our people", and the rest of his administration's dreadful performance, I've heard one story loud and clear - racial politics as the center of Obama's identity. Other than that, the only theme that oozes through is anti-American communism, where Obama apologizes for America, bows to our enemies, leaks sensitive classified information to score political points at the expense of American lives, and otherwise does his best to destroy capitalism, productivity, and initiative.

14 posted on 07/12/2012 4:59:39 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: ColdOne
"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."

Is this a kissing book?
Grandpa: Wait, just wait.
The Grandson: Well, when does it get good?
15 posted on 07/12/2012 5:02:30 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: ColdOne
How about this one, oh FASCIST, Neo-Commie, Dear Leader?

Down the Rabbit-Hole

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’

So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.

There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’ (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.

In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.

That pretty much how most of think: "HOW in the hell (or F*ck) will we ever get out again" or recover from the damage you have wrought on our Republic, you bottom-feeding, POS?

16 posted on 07/12/2012 5:02:43 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet
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To: ColdOne
It's funny - when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?" he said.

LIE. I doubt if hardly anyone said that. Obama had no record and yet he still won. If most people even considered qualifications he would NOT have come close to wining.

"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."

LIE. with 4 years of high unemployment and bad economy most people are not interested in his BS. Even the leftists are not as much interested in hearing more "stories". They just want more socialism and Obama has left them no doubt he will deliver more socialism if elected.

Everything Obama says is a lie. Every word.

17 posted on 07/12/2012 5:03:39 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: ColdOne

Obama: My Biggest Mistake Was Not ‘Telling a Story’

Marge, you’re my wife and I love you very much. But you’re living in a world of make-believe. With flowers and bells and leprechauns, and magic frogs with funny little hats.


18 posted on 07/12/2012 5:03:57 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: rlmorel
Regardless of if this POS wins or not in November, there are going to be schools named after him, streets will have their name changed, government buildings will bear his name.


19 posted on 07/12/2012 5:05:19 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Ayn Rand: "In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win")
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To: Iron Munro

hehe they vote ‘Present’ just like Obama.


20 posted on 07/12/2012 5:07:45 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: plain talk

.....aaaand LIE,LIE, Lie, lieeeee.....


21 posted on 07/12/2012 5:15:49 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: plain talk

.....aaaand LIE,LIE, Lie, lieeeee.....


22 posted on 07/12/2012 5:15:49 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: Iron Munro

Gaaah. I swear, if I ever hear anyone even intimate that they would harm a hair on his head, I would likely cuff him to a pipe and call the Secret Service.


23 posted on 07/12/2012 5:19:56 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: ColdOne

I believe from others perspective “his biggest mistake” was being born. What a destructive loser.


24 posted on 07/12/2012 5:29:45 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: ColdOne
"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."

Hey, Obama you freaking dumb-ass, the word you are looking for is "LEADERSHIP" not telling a freaking story....

Damn , this guy is really clueless...

25 posted on 07/12/2012 5:32:41 PM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: ColdOne
...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..."
26 posted on 07/12/2012 5:35:17 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: plain talk
"... but where's the story that tells us where he's going?"

We don't need a stinking story to tell us where he is going. We all KNOW that.

27 posted on 07/12/2012 5:36:38 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: ColdOne
Notice the royal "we".

What he didn't do well is find something useful to do.

In the career he has chosen, he is not only clueless, but useless.

28 posted on 07/12/2012 5:38:05 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
All he does is tell stories!

about himself.

29 posted on 07/12/2012 5:48:02 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (A Dalmation was spotted wagging its tail.)
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To: Iron Munro

I have an amount of respect for Martin Luther King that is an order of magnitude higher than any amount of respect that I would ever have for Obama.

However, if I find myself in a city I have never been in before, and I see a street sign that reads “MLK BLVD” or something similar, I know I am in the wrong part of town and get the Hell out of there. I am just saying.


30 posted on 07/12/2012 5:53:34 PM PDT by coldbluesteel (Endo)
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To: ColdOne

His best “story” is hard to beat. “Dreams from My Father.”

So many lies in there it’s hard to keep track.

He’s always telling “stories.”

I knew some black kids who would say, “You tellin a story!” if they didn’t believe you.


31 posted on 07/12/2012 6:08:47 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: ColdOne

He has a story, he just doesn’t like the probable outcome. He wants 4 more years, I want no more years.


32 posted on 07/12/2012 6:21:33 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: coldbluesteel
However, if I find myself in a city I have never been in before, and I see a street sign that reads “MLK BLVD” or something similar, I know I am in the wrong part of town and get the Hell out of there. I am just saying.

MLK Blvd: you are in a bad part of town
Malcolm X Blvd: you are in a really bad part of town

33 posted on 07/12/2012 6:42:33 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: rlmorel
""""For the rest of my life, regardless of what happens to that jackass, I am going to have to be subjected to seeing his Marxist moniker on things.""""

Technically correct, but rest assured that his name will be removed before too many years.

34 posted on 07/12/2012 6:44:17 PM PDT by chiller (Elect another batch of TPartiers and it won't matter which R we elect. WE will lead.d)
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Update: Mitt Romney responds in an official statement:

President Obama believes that millions of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihood because he failed to tell a good story. Being president is not about telling stories. Being president is about leading, and President Obama has failed to lead. No wonder Americans are losing faith in his presidency.


35 posted on 07/12/2012 7:17:26 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: ColdOne
This punk ass is seriously mentally ill, I'm not kidding, I'm deadly serious. The jaw-dropping absurdity of the things he comes out with with such casual aplomb are staggering. I'm telling you the guy is nuts!
36 posted on 07/12/2012 7:43:22 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: ColdOne

“Well, Hillary, I was just out jogging and this bucket of water on my sweats is just sweat and . . . I did not have sex with . . . “

Oops. Wrong president. Wrong story.


37 posted on 07/12/2012 7:59:19 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: ColdOne
'Well, he's been juggling and managing a lot of stuff, but where's the story that tells us where he's going?'

Commieland.

38 posted on 07/13/2012 5:04:37 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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