After much soul searching, Barack Obama has
figured out where his presidency has gone wrong—and he shared it
with CBS's Charlie Rose and viewers across the fruited plain Sunday
"The mistake of my first term—couple of years," the president
allowed, "was thinking that this job was just about getting the
policy right." At times, Obama confessed, he'd forgotten that "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." He needed to do "more explaining,
but also inspiring."
"Because hope is still there," the first lady added.
There you have it. Contemplating the policy wreckage that
surrounds him, the president has concluded that what this country
needs is a fresh injection of presidential hope. Like "more
cowbell" in the old Saturday Night Live skit, it's the
magic ingredient that makes everything better.
Obama considers himself a sophisticated and nuanced guy, so you
wouldn't think his descent into self-parody would be quite so
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