Why Barack Obama is still better off than he was two weeks ago

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    We need to keep some objectivity on this site, all the "anti" Obama threads make this site look like a republican page :tongue: .


    Why Barack Obama is still better off than he was two weeks ago. - By Bruce Reed - Slate Magazine


    So in general he is not doing so bad.




    His mistakes were these:

    "Roberts and Obama Flub Their Lines at Swearing In Ceremony" Roberts and Obama Flub Their Lines at Swearing In Ceremony (I didn't get a good source, but we all know that this is how it happened)

    "Hey Bam, that's not the door!" Hey Bam, that's not the door!




    Bad luck with the candidates he chose or a bad vetting process?

    "Richardson withdrawal leaves cabinet gap"
    Richardson withdrawal leaves cabinet gap - White House- msnbc.com

    "US President Barack Obama has said "I screwed up" over his handling of a controversy that led two politicians to decline posts in his administration." BBC NEWS | Americas | Obama admits errors over cabinet


    It is only been 3 weeks, but still: Picking guys who didn't pay their taxes are not the biggest mistakes a president could make. It were mistakes those guys had made before they even joined in on the cabinet.
     
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    I found it heartening that Obama had the balls to acknowledge that he made a mistake and then also took steps to correct it,

    How refreshing that is after 8 years of being managed by that confederacy of dunderheads in the Bush Admin.
     
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    true, he spun it masterfully.

    "But the strategy backfired. The interviews took place Tuesday, hours after Daschle withdrew over his belated repayment of more than $140,000 in back taxes for the use of a car and driver. That debacle became the dominant story in the interviews, with the president telling one anchor after another that he had "screwed up."

    Obama told his staff in advance that he wanted to use such language, and aides believe the mea culpa was a net plus, a welcome change from the usual "excuses and denials," Emanuel told the New York Times. This much is clear: By admitting what he called "self-inflicted wounds," Obama preempted days of stories about whether the administration was playing down the magnitude of the mess.

    "Everyone was going to lead with Daschle and Obama was going to be in the story, so it's best served with humble pie," says Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to George W. Bush"

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/linkset/2005/04/11/LI2005041100587.html/
     
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    Yeah, but it also shows responsibility. Something Bill Clinton, George Bush and other presidents (Richard Nixon?) could learn from.

    It is both bad and good, by acknowledging your mistake other people don't have to rub it in your face. But because you acknowledge it, you give your opponents munition. But the history lessons can tell us that is usually is more good then bad to acknowledge your own mistakes because it shows you ve learned from them (and hopefully won't make them again).
     
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    Remember the pictures of Bush carrying around the Presidency for Idiots book?

    Look how well he turned out.
     
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    we'll see. it's early yet.
     
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    He didn't blow it at all. He picked up a lot of support from moderate Americans who were tired of never hearing Bush say he made a mistake.

    Leaders make mistakes, admit it, fix them and move on.

    Losers hide them and they get worse.
     

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