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  • The Campaigner-in-Chief Declares That Campaigning Isn’t Everything

    Has President Obama finally learned a valuable lesson about the stark difference between words and action?

    Nah, don’t count on it. But according to him, he has finally come to understand a few things about leadership after being in office for six long years.

    Campaigning and governance are two different things,” Obama told CBS’s Face the Nation. “I’ve ran two successful campaigns, and anybody who’s seen me on the campaign trail can tell how much I love just being with the American people and hearing what they care about, how passionate I am about trying to help them.”

    If you were thinking this might be a turning point for POTUS, think again. Seconds later, Obama was asked about what his administration could stand to improve on…and what was his answer? That they need to do a better job of campaigning, of course!

    It’s not enough just to build a better mousetrap. People don’t automatically come beating to your door. We’ve got to sell it. We’ve got to reach out to the other side and, where possible, persuade, and I think there are times, there’s no doubt about it, where I think we have not been successful in going out there and letting people know what it is that we’re trying to do and why this is the right direction. So, there is a failure of politics there that we’ve got to improve on,” explained Barack.

    If your head is spinning at this point like the spacecraft from Interstellar, you’re not alone. Didn’t Obama just say that “campaigning and governance are two different things”? Obviously that’s true, but his followup remark clearly indicates that he’s placing more importance on the whole “campaigning” part than the “governance” part. It’s yet another example of the president taking all of the wrong lessons away from his party’s electoral defeat last week.

    Indeed, campaigning and governing are two quite disparate activities. But strip away the campaigning from this administration and you won’t be left with much more than an egghead with a penchant for ESPN. Governance isn’t exactly in the man’s DNA.


    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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