Obama: Washington still broken

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This weekend on “CBS Sunday Morning“, President Obama told Charlie Rose that hope-y, change-y thing was still working for him. (Well, kind of.) Rose asked about the current campaign compared to the 2008 race in which Mr. Obama ran on “hope,” “change,” and “Yes, we can.” “What happened to that? Because that’s not the narrative today,” said Rose.

“I tell people this campaign is still about hope. If somebody asks you, it is still about change,” said Obama. Then he added: “Washington feels as broken as it did four years ago.”

(Actually, it’s worse. Much wor$e.)

President Obama goes on to explain that what frustrates him the most is the he has not been able to change Washington. “In this office, everything takes a little longer than you’d like,” the president said.
“I think it’s important to know we did an awful lot in the first four years,” Mr. Obama told Rose when asked why he was seeking reelection. “But when I think about the next four years, what’s undone?” Please, Mr. President. Your brand of fixing costs a whole lot of money we don’t have. Let’s just leave it undone, shall we?

Rose asked if Obama blamed himself for the gridlock.
“I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem solving,” Obama added.

I wonder if he means the politics of circumventing the Constitution via executive order and re-writing regulations? Or having a do-nothing Senate that won’t propose a budget and kills every bill sent to it by the House? In any case, I know I’m doing my part to make sure he’s a one-termer.

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2 Responses to “Obama: Washington still broken”

  1. Don M Says:

    Actually, so far the majority of Obama’s “fixes” have come from Executive Orders. The only real costs to those is the Justice Dept and His team of lawyers weaseling their way to justify the actions.

  2. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    I don’t buy that Rmoney can win. Even republican tilted polling outfits are showing that he has very little chance in the swing states.

    Rmoney’s games with his tax returns, and 3-4 different stories about his tenure at Bain from 1999-2003 are going to sink him.

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