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Obama says biggest mistake was failure to tell story

By AP Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The president who ran on hope says he needs to do a better job of inspiring the public if he wins a second term.

President Barack Obama says in an interview with "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose that the "mistake" of his first term was, in his words, "thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right."

Obama said Thursday that the presidency demands telling a story to the American people "that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times."

He says it is legitimate criticism that he wasn't telling the public where he's going and says he needs to do a better job of that in his second term.

The interview conducted Thursday will air on CBS this week.

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  1. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    July 13, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    If he had a second term, he would not be any more open and honest than he has been up to now. Oh, he might tell a story to prompte unity and optimism, but even his supporters know it would be a lie.

    This odds-maker does a breakdown of those Obama supporters who will not be in his camp this time.

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  2. tpaine1776Comment by tpaine1776
    July 13, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    B. Obama is the truly lamentable product of a decades long regime of the inculcation of anti-Americanism of the most virulent stripe. Thoroughly conditioned ideologue whom he is, he is steeped in the ethos and art of deception and disinformation. The profundity of his antipathy for our nation is such, regarding it as he has been conditioned to regard it as being the root of all evil, that he is constitutionally incapable of not acting, at every turn, radically against its best interests. Everyone would do well, to disregard his words, and allow his actions to communicate his intentions.

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  3. PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
    July 13, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Failure to tell the story? Mr. President, you told the story much better than you could every imagine. With you being the leftist, socialist destroyer of traditional America that you are, you could not possibly believe how well you told the story. Your only inspiration to tens of millions of traditional Americans is that we will do everthing within our power to remove you and each Democrat that enabled you from political office.

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  4. katherine petersComment by katherine peters
    July 13, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    I am sure if Obama wins this election (and doesn’t need voters anymore) he’s going to be lots more transparent, open and honest. Four more years and I doubt any of us will recognize this country.

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  5. librabobComment by librabob
    July 13, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    I think he is giving us a heads up that after his re-election he’s going to finally explain in detail what he meant about his goal to fundamentally transform America. He will no longer need to hide his destruction of America vision from the people.

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    • minnieComment by minnie
      July 13, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

      YEA, AND 5 DAYS BEFORE ELECTION HE WILL COME OUT N SAY WE ARE 5 DAYS AWAY FROM COMPLETELY TRANSFORMING aMERICA, 5 DAYS AFTER HE WILL SAY I PROMISE YOU TRANPARENCY, now welcome to the Socialist country of america and even your house will be transparent from our drones, they will be your drones. What a nightmare!.

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  6. vComment by v
    July 13, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Those of us that were Actually born Americans to American Parents don’t recognize the US OUR Families helped to build!
    We have Allowed Too Many Foreign Nationals (Legal and ILLEGAL) to come into OUR Country in too short a period of time! We have Allowed Them into OUR Government and Management of US Corporations…and teaching in OUR Schools and Churches!
    They don’t want to be Americans they want US to change to Their Ways..Their Languages..Their Beliefs…..even though ALL of this FAILED in the countries where they originated from!

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    • PATRIOTComment by PATRIOT
      July 13, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      Your assessment is without any doubt correct. America, with leftist/socialist intervention has allowed large numbers of foreign people to come here, both legally and illegally, which has resulted in a dilution of American culture and values. We have even allowed foreigners to stomp on and burn our flag within our own country! Any country that intends to preserve its culture should never allow foreigners to force their cultures on the host country. Foreigners that do not want to support the American dream should be deported!

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  7. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    July 13, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    “Obama says biggest mistake was failure to tell story.”

    All Obama has done is tell “stories”. After three and a half years as President, nobody knows who this guy really is. The refusal to release college transcripts, his circle of friends, composite characters in his autobiography, the list goes on and on. Nothing but “STORIES” from this fictional Obama character!

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  8. cxComment by genesal
    July 15, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    America’s biggest mistake is bigger than Odama’s biggest mistake. Hopefully America will rectify theirs in November.

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