#1 Exclusive: President Obama: We Lost Touch with American People Last Year01-20-2010, 06:29 PMExclusive: President Obama: We Lost Touch with American People Last Year
Obama Says Focus on Policymaking Distracted White House From Speaking Directly to American People
By KAREN TRAVERS
Jan. 20, 2010
President Obama said today that he believes he lost a direct connection to the American people in his first year in office because he focused too heavily on policymaking.
One year into the president's term, George Stephanopoulos interviews Obama."If there's one thing that I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values," Obama told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview at the White House.
Watch George Stephanopoulos' exclusive interview with President Obama tonight on "World News" and "Nightline" and tomorrow on "Good Morning America". Check your local listings.
The president said he made a mistake in assuming that if he focused on policy decisions, the American people would understand the reasoning behind them.
"That I do think is a mistake of mine," Obama said. "I think the assumption was if I just focus on policy, if I just focus on this provision or that law or if we're making a good rational decision here, then people will get it."
Instead, the president said the American people ended up with a "feeling of remoteness and detachment" from the policymakers in Washington who are making big decisions.
01-20-2010, 07:07 PM
Well don't start trying to touch me now!!!!Voted hottest "chick" at CU - My hotness transcends gender
01-20-2010, 08:52 PM
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- Jul 2008
I love it. it is always we didn't understand so they'll explain again slowly/
01-20-2010, 08:59 PM
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- Aug 2005
01-20-2010, 09:36 PM
Any bets on just which people he's gong to try to get to hear and connect with more? I'm betting inner-city people of color and illegal immigrants that say our immigration laws are so wrong and every other "oppressed and underrepresented" group of people.. He has absolutely no interest in hearing what the average tax-paying, English-speaking, law-abiding middle-class citizen has to say, and he's made that very clear!!Obama-if you're being run out of town, get out in front and pretend that it's a parade!!!
01-20-2010, 10:21 PM
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- May 2008
Obama, your policies suck.... Plain and simple....You can not polish a turd....health care, cap and trade, weak kneeded policies on terrorism, bailouts, run away spending, new taxes, etc is not the change we were expecting.
01-20-2010, 10:37 PM
Obama: "Note to self... the public isn't quite as stupid as I thought"“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?”
2 Corinthians 2:15-16
01-20-2010, 11:02 PM
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- Dec 2009
This idiot will never ever get it.
This idiot cannot just accept that he is wrong.
Damage control after the train has wrecked is a day late and a dollar short.
And everybody knows it.
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