After 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.Mr. President, are you once again calling the electorate ignorant? Too simple to "understand?" I seriously wonder if you're being deliberately obtuse. The problem, sir, is that we DO understand. You see, WE read the bill that those in Washington failed to read. We understand, and we don't WANT it. It has nothing to do with your power of persuasion...you WILL NOT persuade us. I thought after this election the message was clear.
“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.
“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.”
Mr. President, it is YOU who fails to understand.