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Blame it on the Teleprompter


What was it that caused so many Americans to reject Barack Obama's policies in the 2010 midterm elections? Blame it on the teleprompter. That is, in effect, what Obama told "60 Minutes." It was a failure to communicate.

"I think that's a fair argument," he explained. "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. Making an argument that people can understand. I think 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."

Speaking of "tone," do you notice the condescension in that statement? "Making an argument people can understand"? It was all just a misunderstanding, apparently, because Obama was talking over the heads of the ignorant American people. Amazing.

Perhaps, Obama should examine the tactics he and his allies used during the health care debate — meeting behind closed doors and backtracking on a promise to televise hearings, a general strategy of stonewalling and concealing that has pervaded his entire term to date.

The notion that Americans just don't like his policies apparently hasn't yet occurred to him. Blame it on a failure to communicate. Blame it on the teleprompter.

Well, it's nice to know Obama hasn't learned anything after two years. It's unlikely he will have a chance for a second term. And that will be a blessing, indeed, for America. In fact, I don't believe he will have enough support and credibility even to run for a second term.

Bill Clinton got the message delivered by the midterm shakeup in 1994.

He actually began governing differently. In other words, he was able to fool more of the people more of the time than Obama seems capable of doing.

We should consider ourselves fortunate that Obama shows no signs of getting the message. It's the teleprompter's fault. It's just a failure to communicate.

What's truly funny about that assessment is that Obama has never stopped campaigning. That's all he does — that and take very expensive vacations.

His problem with communication is he has nothing more to sell. Blaming George Bush will only take you so far — even though there was plenty to blame. What he's selling is just no good — and enough of the American people have figured that out.

I love Obama's line about giving the American people confidence. Does he think it gives them confidence to hear that there's no such thing as American exceptionalism? Does he think it gives them confidence to repeatedly hear their leader diss their country?

Does he think it gives them confidence to see him groveling at the feet of the Chinese and Saudi potentates? Does he think it gives them confidence to watch him spend trillions and trillions of their hard-earned tax dollars with no results?

I'm glad to see him take personal responsibility for the election losses. Perhaps, he could find no one else to blame. He certainly deserves most of it — along with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and the entire Democratic Congress.

But it's funny to hear him blame his communication skills — to blame the message rather than the results of his policies. He doesn't have any executive ability. He has no management experience. All he has are some fairly good communication skills — and a darn good teleprompter.

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