Barack Obama is well known for his arrogance.
When he was interviewed on 60 Minutes, he was asked to discuss his biggest failure.
So it was surprising to see what he named as the area he thought he stumbled the most badly.
The leftist press has spent eight years showering Obama with praise for being a master communicator.
But is the reputation deserved?
Obama listed losing the P.R. war as his biggest failure as President.
CBS News reports on his exchange with Steve Kroft:
“Steve Kroft: You didn’t change Washington.
President Barack Obama: I changed those things that were in direct– my direct control. I mean, I– look, I’m proud of the fact that, with two weeks to go, we’re part of the first administration in modern history that hasn’t had a major scandal in the White House. In that sense, we changed some things. I would’ve liked to have gotten that one last Supreme Court justice in there. I’d like the Supreme Court to take a look at–
Steve Kroft: You couldn’t even get a hearing.
President Barack Obama: But we couldn’t even get a hearing. Trying to get the other side of the aisle to work with us on issues, in some cases, that they professed, originally, an interest in, and saying to them, “Hold on a second. You guys used to think this was a good idea. Now, just because I’m supporting it, you can’t change your mind.” But they did.
And what that did, I think, made me appreciate. And I’ve said this before. But it’s worth repeating. Because this is on me. Part of the job description is also shaping public opinion. And we were very effective, and I was very effective, in shaping public opinion around my campaigns.
But there were big stretches, while governing, where even though we were doing the right thing, we weren’t able to mobilize public opinion firmly enough behind us to weaken the resolve of the Republicans to stop opposing us or to cooperate with us. And there were times during my presidency where I lost the PR battle.”
It’s rare for Obama to admit fault.
But while Obama lost the P.R. because he fell short as a salesmen, critics also point out he was peddling a lousy product.
When Obama first took office, Democrats were nervous about his far-reaching left-wing agenda.
They feared a backlash like the party had experienced in 1994 when Bill Clinton pushed tax increases, gun control, gays in the military, and socialized medicine, leading Republicans to claim the majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since the 1940’s.
Obama arrogantly told Democrats not to worry because they had him.
By sheer power of his personality and political skills alone, Obama believed he could carry Democrats to victory.
But the disastrous debate over Obamacare and the slow economy led Democrats to lose control of the House in massive landslides.
Obama’s political appeal and rhetorical skills proved to be overrated in 2014 and 2016 as well, as the Democrats he endorsed and campaigned for – most famously including Hillary Clinton – went down in flames.