President Obama on “60 Minutes” the other night continued his perception-is-reality tour, sticking by his contention that the voters did not reject his entire agenda of socialized medicine, excess government intervention, excess spending, deficits and entitlements.
No, according to the great miscommunicator, there is no possibility the voters are right and he is wrong. Like all elites the problem lies not in his inability to discern the correct thing to do, but in his inability to explain to the dolts precisely how he is right and they are so excessively ignorant of what is good for them.
The Sun today devoted an entire article to the premise that voters are stupid and ill informed, repeating several canards, including the one about how 95 percent got an income tax reduction under Obama.
Here is segment of that “60 Minutes” interview:
I think that over the course of two years — and I mentioned this during the press conference — we were so busy and so focused on getting a bunch of stuff done that we stopped paying attention to the fact that we yeah, 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. And making an argument that people can understand. And 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.
(Yeah, that’s it. He needed to make an argument you can understand.)
You know, now I will say that when it comes to some of my supporters, some of my Democratic supporters who express some frustration, part of it, I think, is the belief that if I just communicated things better, that I’d be able to persuade that half of the country that voted for John McCain that we were right and they were wrong.
(Never let the thought that you might be wrong enter your head.)
And, you know, one of the things that I think is important for people to remember is that, you know, this country doesn’t just agree with The New York Times editorial page. And, you know, I can make some really good arguments defending the Democratic position, and there are gonna be some people who just don’t agree with me. And that’s okay. And then we’ve got to figure out a way to compromise. But even as we acknowledge that, this is a big country. And that, you know, there are conservatives who are good people, who feel very strongly about their ideas. That I’m never gonna persuade on some issues.
(Compromise with people you are never gonna persuade?)
I think what’s still fair to say is that I can do better than I’ve done in painting a picture for people about where we need to go. That pulls people together as opposed to drives them apart. And that’s one of my central tasks over the next couple of years.
(Actually, he pulled a lot of people together and they opposed his agenda.)