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(ABC News)   Obama: My biggest mistake was not telling the "story" better. Romney: "Being president is not about telling stories. Yes, I was for telling stories in Massachusetts, but never on a national level. It's a federal issue"   (abcnews.go.com ) divider line 33
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2012-07-13 09:22:56 AM  
No, he's right. Every single time the obstructionism forced us to choose between extending a tax cut or farking over orphans, he should have been out there pointing it out to the press.
 
2012-07-13 09:35:30 AM  
He just needs to hire a new teleprompter.
 
2012-07-13 09:40:02 AM  

BillCo: He just needs to hire a new teleprompter.


Maybe he can borrow Mitt Romney's. That one apparently has everything spelled out on it.
 
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2012-07-13 10:05:41 AM  

BillCo: He just needs to hire a new teleprompter.


Real marekins don't use teleprompters.

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2012-07-13 10:29:36 AM  
The President's job is absolutely to lead by telling the story and framing the narrative. Reagan and Clinton were good at it. Bush senior was not. Bush jr couldn't figure out how to read the book, but kept trying, bless his heart.

Obama comes across like he's sure we all get it, cause we're smart like him. Pisses off half the country the minute he opens his mouth.
 
2012-07-13 10:34:37 AM  
It's called the "bully pulpit" for a reason.
 
2012-07-13 10:41:40 AM  

Generation_D: Obama comes across like he's sure we all get it, cause we're smart like him. Pisses off half the country the minute he opens his mouth.


unlikely: No, he's right. Every single time the obstructionism forced us to choose between extending a tax cut or farking over orphans, he should have been out there pointing it out to the press.


He did tell people what was going on, over and over, people just have zero attention span and are clueless. I seem to remember Bush getting more airtime. It would be nice if Obama had done more of the Reagan thing, addressing people at night from the Oval Office. I always thought that was a good way to talk to people about what's happening in the government.

Also, have you not noticed that there is ALWAYS a response from the other side afterwards? On every single speech?

Welcome to the 21st century. The 24-hr media news cycle and their political rejects never stop.
 
2012-07-13 10:43:55 AM  
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2012-07-13 10:44:44 AM  
"President Obama believes that millions of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihood because he failed to tell a good story," Romney said in a written statement. "The reason millions have lost their job is because people like me shipped their jobs to China."

It was nice to see some candor for Rmoney this time.
 
2012-07-13 10:44:49 AM  
Is he referring to the story about the big, bad rich people being the cause of and solution to all this country's problems?
 
2012-07-13 10:44:58 AM  

Generation_D: Obama comes across like he's sure we all get it, cause we're smart like him.


I always thought that Bush sounded like a guy who didn't get it, but had this same attitude.
 
2012-07-13 10:45:15 AM  
Usually it annoys me to no end when some politician throws out some terrible policies and then claims later his mistake was not being able to sell their crap to us.

In this case though, Obama is right. Somehow Obama wasn't able to effectively communicate to a lot of people that his policies were rather moderate and sensible given what he had to work with.
 
2012-07-13 10:45:54 AM  

Generation_D: Obama comes across like he's sure we all get it, cause we're smart like him. Pisses off half the country the minute he opens his mouth.


"Well, 'aight, check this out, dawg. First of all, you throwin' too many big words at me, and because I don't understand them, I'm gonna take 'em as disrespect."
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2012-07-13 10:48:26 AM  
I'm just going to leave this here.
 
2012-07-13 10:49:03 AM  
Mittens can spin a good story, though it's more along the lines of fiction. Anyone remember the one he told Massachusetts citizens, the one about how if elected Governor, he'd support gay rights? I think I've seen the cover art (flyer) on here before.
 
2012-07-13 10:51:20 AM  
I think his biggest mistake was trying to negotiate with people who absolutely wouldn't ever consider compromise, ever.
 
2012-07-13 10:54:12 AM  

bdub77: Generation_D: Obama comes across like he's sure we all get it, cause we're smart like him. Pisses off half the country the minute he opens his mouth.

unlikely: No, he's right. Every single time the obstructionism forced us to choose between extending a tax cut or farking over orphans, he should have been out there pointing it out to the press.

He did tell people what was going on, over and over, people just have zero attention span and are clueless. I seem to remember Bush getting more airtime. It would be nice if Obama had done more of the Reagan thing, addressing people at night from the Oval Office. I always thought that was a good way to talk to people about what's happening in the government.


People don't like their amature productions of nothing to be interupted at 8pm by a Presidential address, which is not only more watchable, but typically has some thought beyond "Ow, My Balls!" put into the poduction.
 
2012-07-13 10:54:40 AM  
Yeah... More or less correct. He let the GOP control and frame the narrative. He was able to counter it effectively during the 2008 campaign and he's going to need to do the same this year.

He mistakenly assumed the GOP were actually interested in fixing our problems and helping the American people. It quickly became obvious that all the GOP were interested in were their own political goals. Hell, Mitch McConnell admitted that a few years back.

My guess is, if Obama wins reelection, the GOP is going to have a far more aggressive and confrontational president to deal with. We'll see, I guess.
 
2012-07-13 10:56:37 AM  

keylock71: if Obama wins reelection, the GOP is going to have a far more aggressive and confrontational president to deal with.


One more reason to vote for Obama...I hope.

These guys need to see what uncompromising feels like.
 
2012-07-13 11:06:22 AM  
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What someone telling a story might look like.
 
2012-07-13 11:06:29 AM  

bdub77: He did tell people what was going on, over and over, people just have zero attention span and are clueless. I seem to remember Bush getting more airtime. It would be nice if Obama had done more of the Reagan thing, addressing people at night from the Oval Office. I always thought that was a good way to talk to people about what's happening in the government.


He did do that, at first. People complained that he was interrupting prime time TV and costing the networks money.
 
2012-07-13 11:11:35 AM  

Vegetable Medley: keylock71: if Obama wins reelection, the GOP is going to have a far more aggressive and confrontational president to deal with.

One more reason to vote for Obama...I hope.

These guys need to see what uncompromising feels like.


I think we've been seeing more of that since the midterms. I'm not sure if it was the rise of the Baggers, or Rahm leaving, but that's when the President seems to me to have figured put that there's nothing he can do to placate the GOP. That's also when he flipped the switch from neophyte to Troll-In-Chief.

It's one thing to be uncompromising. It's another to be uncompromising with a huge grin on your face, while you watch the Loyal Opposition predictably do exactly what you'd expect them to do.
 
2012-07-13 11:17:28 AM  

PanicMan: bdub77: He did tell people what was going on, over and over, people just have zero attention span and are clueless. I seem to remember Bush getting more airtime. It would be nice if Obama had done more of the Reagan thing, addressing people at night from the Oval Office. I always thought that was a good way to talk to people about what's happening in the government.

He did do that, at first. People complained that he was interrupting prime time TV and costing the networks money.


Just another obvious sign of the crazy polarization of the electorate.
 
2012-07-13 11:40:32 AM  
The full Romney quote is a lot better. His team is stepping up in quality

"President Obama believes that millions of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihood because he failed to tell a good story. Being president is about leading, and President Obama has failed to lead. No wonder Americans are losing faith in his presidency."

0bama's quote is his typical "it is all about me".

If 0bama did a better job, the story would tell itself. Instead, the best 0bama can do instead of running on his record is make comments about Romney's wealth and success.
 
2012-07-13 11:40:59 AM  
let lying headlines lie.
 
2012-07-13 11:43:51 AM  

theknuckler_33: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x279]

What someone telling a story might look like.


Yeah, he was a complete failure. Misleading the President, Congress and the country. What a failure.
 
2012-07-13 12:32:44 PM  

Generation_D: Obama comes across like he's sure we all get it, cause we're smart like him. Pisses off half the country the minute he opens his mouth.


Obama's biggest mistake is talking to all of us like we're adults.
 
2012-07-13 12:35:36 PM  
Republicans have always been better at promoting themselves, this guy was so obsessed with his 'legacy' and being proven right.... but he was still able to simply say "look at me, I kicked ass..." when he hadn't even made it to half time yet....and he was cheered by the American people. It was a simple (if untrue) story.... "They hit us in 9/11 then I kicked ass"

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While Obama is criticized by the same Bush cheerleaders for a 'victory lap' when he thanked seal team 6 for killing bin laden. Yes, there is a problem with telling the story, frankly people want out President to kick ass... not be humble in victory like Obama.

Obama took no victory lap when he finished in Iraq what Bush couldn't, or when he got Bin Laden, or when we won in Libya... maybe he should have.
 
2012-07-13 12:53:22 PM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Yeah, he was a complete failure. Misleading the President, Congress and the country. What a failure.


"Misleading the President?" Did he say anything at all that Bush didn't tell him to say?
 
2012-07-13 01:44:52 PM  

Generation_D: The President's job is absolutely to lead by telling the story and framing the narrative. Reagan and Clinton were good at it. Bush senior was not. Bush jr couldn't figure out how to read the book, but kept trying, bless his heart.

Obama comes across like he's sure we all get it, cause we're smart like him. Pisses off half the country the minute he opens his mouth.


Smarted you for this. Well put and it does explain what his biggest problem might be.

At the same time, he has pissed all over the GOP using his own methods, and their corner seems like it's not only getting wetter but smaller, as well. It's been frustrating to watch on many occasions but maybe he's been trolling them so hard they don't even know bad they've been trolled. But now maybe they--and we--will finally see the results.

My hope is that story time will come this October: the story of the GOP will be laid out clearly and simply and everyone will hear it one way or another, and maybe it will get them to think about what the f*ck they do in the voting booth.

/crosses fingers
 
2012-07-13 02:39:16 PM  
Pres Obama needs to use smaller words and shorter sentences. He forgets that half the populace is below average.

I kinda wish that the death panels were real because there's a few people I'd like to recommend for consideration due to apparent lack of brain activity.
 
2012-07-13 02:56:54 PM  

bdub77: Generation_D: Obama comes across like he's sure we all get it, cause we're smart like him. Pisses off half the country the minute he opens his mouth.

unlikely: No, he's right. Every single time the obstructionism forced us to choose between extending a tax cut or farking over orphans, he should have been out there pointing it out to the press.

He did tell people what was going on, over and over, people just have zero attention span and are clueless. I seem to remember Bush getting more airtime. It would be nice if Obama had done more of the Reagan thing, addressing people at night from the Oval Office. I always thought that was a good way to talk to people about what's happening in the government.

Also, have you not noticed that there is ALWAYS a response from the other side afterwards? On every single speech?

Welcome to the 21st century. The 24-hr media news cycle and their political rejects never stop.


Because, over and over, he appealed to reason.

Its been shown, over and over, that people don't vote according to reason.

So who's the smart one?

The one that insists he talk over his audience?

Or his audience for not understanding what it is he's saying, and assuming he's being a dick for talking over them.

If America voted for policies and not personalities, we'd have guys like Howard Dean being president, or Al Gore. Both solid on policies.

Both blew it big in the emotional connection department, Dean famously for being a dork in public, Gore (and probably Romney as well) for being well-bred automatrons who cannot connect to the public.

Obama had a lot of people convinced he could connect with the public (as opposed to just his base of support) in 2008, but that quickly flew out the window as he let Republicans time and again take the initiative and set the narrative on things like health care reform.

Pisses me off. He CAN be a rousing, inspiring speaker.

But he chooses not to be.

To the detriment of his presidency's success with people outside of his echo chamber.
 
2012-07-13 04:37:25 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: BillCo: He just needs to hire a new teleprompter.

Maybe he can borrow Mitt Romney's. That one apparently has everything spelled out on it.


Seriously. It's the performance model that includes punctuation. For another $50 you can get one that highlights emotional cues.

"As a wise man once said comma pause for reflection ask not what your country can do for you comma wistful gaze ask what you can do for your country period smile nod express gratitude"
 
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