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Keller @ Large: Obama’s Exit Interview

BOSTON (CBS) — Did you catch President Obama’s exit interview with his former campaign manager David Axelrod? The president says he could have beaten Donald Trump if he hadn’t been precluded by the Constitution from running again this year.

Maybe so. But the president also appeared to attribute Hillary Clinton’s defeat and the poor showing by Democrats overall to a failure to communicate how much better the Democratic agenda allegedly is than the alternatives.

“The problem is, is that we’re not there on the ground communicating not only the dry policy aspects of this, but that we care about these communities, that we’re bleeding for these communities,” Obama said.

He wasn’t out there communicating? That was the problem? With all due respect, you have got to be kidding me.

This president used the media to communicate directly with the public far more than any of his predecessors. Before his first term was over he had passed Ronald Reagan as history’s most-televised president. Halfway through his second term, he had given far more interviews across all forms of media than presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush combined.

The problem wasn’t lack of exposure. If anything, this president was overexposed early on. The problem was the classic Washington insider’s tone-deafness, not understanding, for instance, that when you tell folks if they like their doctor they can keep their doctor, it had better be true.

President Obama leaves office personally popular, but his agenda – and that of his party – remains vague and suspect at times. And that’s a branding problem more face time on TV can’t fix.

 

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  1. OBAMA AND HIS PACK OF ASSES ARE COLLECTIVELY THE WORST PERIOD IN OUR HISTORY TURNING THE WORLD INTO THE BRINK OF CATASTROPHIC WARS THAT WILL DESTROY THE STABILITY OF ALL WORLD ORDER….LEFT WINGERS LIKE YOU BEAR THE BLAME YET IT WAS THE TRUST AND FAITH BY GOOD PEOPLE THAT PUT THE GREATEST TRASH IN 1600……EVER……GET A NEW JOB BECAUSE AMERICANS HAD ENUFF MENTAL MIDGETS OR MENTAL DEFECTS…..HOW DID YOU WORK A DEAL TO GET PAID FOR BEING STUPID?

    1. David Keith says:

      Mental defects? I see that you and your doctor still haven’t figured out the correct dosage for your meds.

      Mental Midgets? You still haven’t figured out how to toggle that CapsLk key!

  2. He probably could have beaten Trump but why waste time on silly what-ifs? The problem now is that we will soon have a mentally ill buffoon taking office. Impeaching Trump should be our number 1 priority. Wether for treason, in a conspiracy with Russians, or violation of the Emoluments Clause this dangerous man-boy has to be stopped. Treason is punishable with the death penalty. I would prefer jail time for the traitor but it won’t be up to me to decide his fate.

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      I suspect there is absolutely nothing Trump has done, is doing or is capable of doing in the future will cause enough folks to stop worshiping him. It is a cult-like situation. Example…he tweets insults in the early morning hours on a regular basis. He denigrates anyone and everyone who does not fall in step with him. This ranges from individuals to groups to TV shows to other countries….the latter being the most dangerous because they are not going to put up with his bullying. And he is a bully. If a younger person bullied to this extent, he or she would be punished severely. Yet his adoring fans have yet to even come close to understanding that it not something a child should do let alone the future leader of the free world.

      He can do no wrong in their eyes, Rowdy. I continue to hold out hope that he will find some semblance of adult behavior by January and that he will actually accomplish something positive.

      1. We can certainly count on you on the left not being behaving like the adults, Bees and Rowdy, come January or, likely, the next eight years

        Your “cult-like” worship of your hatred and contempt of others will be alive and well and expressed daily on these pages with no thought an little effort.

        I prefer to wait an see into what his actions to date will translate. Who knows things might just be a lot better than having someone who feels that he is the only right person in the room as we have had over the past eight years.

        You two are consuming yourselves with the “what-ifs” and stoking your own panics with whatever fallacious assumption you can come up with for the moment.

        Eight years ago, I opined that time will tell whether Obama would be up to the job. Sadly, sadly for our People and our nation, Obama WAS NOT up to the job, and managed to bungle things royally, to the point that the Democrats lost even more state legislatures and governorships than they ever had lost before, got relegated to irrelevancy in the House of Representatives, lost control of the Senate, and lost the White House. His foreign policy is in shambles, preferring personal pique and retribution to thoughtful coherent policy.

        Trump has a low bar to get over to be better than the current administration. I expect that he will get over that bar with ease as Obama settles into a position that makes Jimmy Carter look talented.

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