This won't exactly rally the Democrats in their last gasp before the elections. Some punchlines:
Now He Tells Us!
In the magazine article, Mr. Obama reflects on his presidency, admitting that he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat,” realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” and perhaps should have “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” in the stimulus.
Hey, We Were As Screwed Up Then As We Are Now:
“The mythology has emerged somehow that we ran this flawless campaign, I never made a mistake, that we were master communicators, everything worked in lockstep. And somehow now, as president, things are messy and they don’t always work as planned and people are mad at us,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s not how I look at stuff, because I remember what the campaign was like. And it was just as messy and just as difficult. And there were all sorts of moments when our supporters lost hope, and it looked like we weren’t going to win. And we’re going through that same period here.”
Don't Hope For Any More Change. Or Any More Laws:
“Even if I had the exact same Congress, even if we don’t lose a seat in the Senate and we don’t lose a seat in the House, I think the rhythms of the next two years would inevitably be different from the rhythms of the first two years,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of work in this administration just doing things right and making sure that new laws are stood up in the ways they’re intended.”
Ok, these defeatists soundbites may be misleading and out-of-context. But remember, they are what the NY Times chose to highlight! Times does not permit just now, but I bet Obama's critics can find even juicier stuff.
THE LAST ALLIANCE: I rarely find myself agreeing with Zandar in his dark struggles against the stupid, but I have to back this:
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