Obama recently explained that his biggest failing was his innate modesty and quiet demeanor, or something:
CBS News) President Obama's biggest mistake during his first term, he told CBS News in an exclusive interview, has been putting policy over storytelling.
..."When I think about what we've done well and what we haven't done well," the president said, "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."
More speeches! That's the ticket!
If that self-analysis triggers a bit of a flashback, well, here is Bill Clinton, from the summer and fall of 2011:
Last summer, as Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton celebrated the former president’s 65th birthday with a party at their rented Hamptons home, talk among their guests turned to President Obama’s travails over the debt crisis and doubts about his re-election. “I’m really trying to help him,” the white-haired former president said, shaking his head, “but he seems to have lost his narrative.”
Here is David Corn, writing in Mother Jones in the fall of 2010:
How Obama Lost the Narrative
Here is George Lakoff from May 2010 (inspired by the ongoing BP oil spill debacle):
Obama’s Missing Moral Narrative
Here is John Podesta from February 2010:
White House has lost political narrative, Podesta says
The notion that Obama has lost the narrative needs to be updated with a new narrative. How about "Untested neophyte flounders in Washington. Surprisingly!"