Decline and Fall: The Tragedy of Barack Obama - Michael Knox Beran - National Review Online: "In a recent interview with CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose, Obama conceded that during his first two years in office he did too little to win the battle for hearts and minds:
When I think about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t done well, 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.
Was Obama really so naïve in 2009–10 as not to understand the importance of “telling a story,” of making an argument, of at the very least candidly explaining a bill in order to rally the country to his cause?
And if he was not so naïve, why did he do what he did?"
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