When President Obama looks back on his “first term,” is this really what he tells himself? I’m afraid it is:
“The mistake of my first term – couple of years – was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important. But 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.
“It’s funny – when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?”
He hasn’t gotten the policy right, he’s told plenty of stories, he sounds like a patronizing jerk, and his self-knowledge is as thin as his self-regard is deep. How about a “second term”?