President Barak Obama took some questions for the first time in a very long time and it didn’t go very well.
At a forum sponsored by Univision, a Hispanic Television Channel, Obama said, “The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside.”
That isn’t what he was saying in 2008! When he was running the first time, he ran as an “outsider” even though he was a sitting U.S. Senator. He promised over and over that once elected he would change Washington. Here are some quotes:
Then presidential candidate Barack Obama promised: “We are going to change how Washington works. They will not run our party. They will not run our White House. They will not drown out the views of the American people.”
Obama’s 2008 campaign guide was called “Blueprint for Change.” On page 17 of that guide, there is section entitled: “Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s Plan to Change Washington.”
Candidate Obama also said, “Washington is broken. My whole campaign has been premised from the start on the idea that we have to fundamentally change how Washington works.”
Candidate Obama also said, “I do not believe change will happen unless we change our politics in Washington.”
But now he claims that he can’t change Washington from the inside. I’m not even sure what he means. Is he arguing that he can better help America after his presidency is concluded. If so, there are many Americans who would wholeheartedly agree. But seriously, you have to give Obama a lot of credit for having chutzpah. In 2008, Obama ran as an “outsider.” Now in 2012, after four years of being the President, he is still trying to run as an outsider. That seems an odd strategy.
At the very least it is a gaffe. The question is will the media portray it that way and spend five straight days discussing it and replaying it? Will we read headlines about how Obama has just lost the presidency, as we do each week with Romney? Don’t hold your breath.
The problem with Obama is that no matter what he says or does one day, he feels the next day is an entirely new day in which he can say or do whatever he wishes with no regard to his previous words or actions. If the media were doing its job, the public would know of this tiresome double talk and dissembling. Instead, the media cooperates with Obama’s empty narrative.