DUH: WASHINGTON POST – ‘Obama’s on the path to a failed presidency’

Published on November 22, 2013

Todd Purdum has a revealing look at President Obama’s leadership style in this month’s Vanity Fair. The money quote which may explain how we ended up at the current nadir of his administration is this bit of self-reflection from the then-future president in 2008 2007:

“I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m gonna think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

What was once seen as the president’s preternatural confidence (“I’ve got this”) has now been exposed as grossly inadequate. Hope and change has become despair and status quo. If the president knows more about health policy, for example, than any of his advisers, he needs to get some smarter ones.

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