"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.I've gone a few rounds with brooklynbadboy over at DK because he's been a pretty harsh critic of President Obama's style. But he gives Obama credit on this one.
"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."
...a president who is willing to do what it takes, and who learns from mistakes and confronts them honestly, is certainly going to stand in good company when the histories are written.Yep, being willing to face our shortcomings and learn from our mistakes is as good as it gets for us fallible human beings.
But someone named addikell took it to a whole other level in the comments. This rings so true to me about President Obama. It is where his true strength lies.
He's big enough to take it, take it ALL on his shoulders, even if a lot of it isn't his fault. He can take on the portion of the mistake that was the liberal failure to back him up and help create that story. He can take on the Republican racism and unprecedented undermining. He can take all that burden on himself and still be the best modern president the country has seen - because he knows Americans don't like taking the blame or the responsibility for their own divisiveness.
So he'll do it. Because he can take it.