“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?” ~ Barack Obama, July 2012
But he did tell a story to the American people, lots of them. And he brought a sense of unity as well, unity of the public against the energy companies and banks, of the poor against the middle class and unity of blacks against whites. The President’s problem is not that his message isn’t getting across; it’s that his message is getting across.