Y'THINK? – AT 8:24 A.M. ET: The president of the United States has defined his political problem:
President Obama yesterday tried to explain the shocking election of a Republican senator in overwhelmingly Democratic Massachusetts, insisting he understands voters' anger -- even while admitting he lost touch with the American people.
"If there's one thing that I regret this year, it's that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us, that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values," said Obama.
Huh? Read that again. Did he say, "...speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are"?
Mr. President, the American people know what their core values are. We don't need any lectures. The question is whether you know what our core values are. You know, when you wait for days to cruise out to a microphone to say you support democracy fighters in Iran, when you wait three days to acknowledge the Christmas airline bombing, when you appoint radical Marxists to government jobs, when you produce a 2,000-page health-care bill that no one understands, when you grovel to every two-bit dictator in the world, while apologizing for the United States...people get annoyed.
You got that?
How about this...
Later, he insisted, "What I haven't always been successful at doing is breaking through the noise and speaking directly to the American people in a way that during the campaign you could do."
But despite that sentiment, Obama didn't seem to be at a loss for communication in his first year in the White House.
According to CBS News, he held 42 news conferences, gave 158 interviews and made 411 speeches and remarks. That included 52 addresses or statements on health-care reform efforts alone. And the number of interviews was far more than any of his recent predecessors during the first year of their terms.
The man is speaking gibberish. He just can't accept that the worship has stopped.
January 21, 2010