A dear, now deceased, relative used to say, "My problem is I'm too good," without realizing the humor of that self-evaluation. I was reminded of that this week, when for the first time President Obama acknowledged he just might have a teeny flaw.
"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.
"It's funny - when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?"
bgates and hit & run , those wise guys, chimed in immediately.
"I also shouldn't have skimped on those bargain basement vacations, and it wouldn't have killed me to play some golf or watch some basketball once in a while either."
"And I should have been tougher on those kikes."
Barack Obama: Needs to talk more
Nancy Pelosi: Too reverent towards our founding documents
Magic Johnson: Not enough time spent with the ladies
Hit & run:
"I also shouldn't have accepted so much personal responsibility for the lack of any meaningful recovery in the economy and endeavored to blame other people and events more. Oh, and technology. I should have blamed technology more."
ABC noted that this sort of self-analysis by politicians often lends itself to lampooning:
Call it "too much substance, not enough style?" President Barack Obama says his biggest mistake since getting to the White House three and a half years ago has been his tendency to tackle the job as national policy wonk rather than the inspiring figure he cut in the 2008 campaign. [snip]
Presidents - politicians in general - tend to sidestep questions about their biggest mistake in office, though they sometimes stumble spectacularly over them ( as George W. Bush did in April 2004), or offer up a self-serving answer that might be lampooned as "I just love America too much." Obama seems to be saying that, dagnabbit, he just took the job too gosh-darn seriously. Republicans wasted little time in mocking the answer. Republican National Committee spokesman Tim Miller tweeted "I'd go w/ utter economic failure."
I wonder what the media would do if asked what its major flaw was.