Posted on | July 13, 2012 | 11 Comments
CBS News’s Charlie Rose has an interview with Barack and Michelle Obama airing tomorrow, and in an advance excerpt, the president says his biggest mistake was focusing too much on policy and not enough on the “story” of his presidency:
This recalls some talk from yesteryear:
In 2008 Hillary Clinton argued candidate Obama’s record consisted of “just words;” Obama shot back “don’t tell me words don’t matter.”
Indeed, words matter, as does intent. A couple of orders of magnitude more important than either is results. Barack seems to have a tendency to confuse word with deed. To behave as though a speech stating some amorphous, positive result constitutes leadership and accomplishment. To be good, not at getting things done, but speaking about things as if they had been done.
The Weekly Standard article prompted me to finish a bit of doggerel written based upon my impression of the decadent Progressive mind:
Hoping To Fake Change Successfully
Fake it until you make it.
Traditions are just a jape,
And it’s all rigged, anyway.
They doctor all of the tape,
For the talent or the git:
Focus on winning the day!
Claims of truth are all tripe,
And public opion clay–
Purest power conduit.
All the world is a stage play,
And floating a fact-free swipe
The surest path to a hit.
Tea Parties howl where they may,
Ever refusing to quit,
See what betrayal they take?
Sliding into the debt pit,
With their hand-made signs so gay,
The need for reform to slake.
But the votive candle’s lit,
For liberty’s lonely wake,
As freedom loses the fray.
Update: Hot Air made it the Obamateurism of the Day. While not particularly dramatic, I think this notion is near the heart, and forms a theoretical underpinning, for Obamateurism in general.
Update II: linked at Daily Pundit. Thanks, Bill!