Apparently the diagnosis within the White House is that Obama is a soul whose intentions and actions are good, but because he was so busy successfully acting on those intentions, he failed to communicate their total wonderfulness. And as a result, he’s just misunderstood:
One thing I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting stuff done . . . that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people. . . . I think the assumption was, if I just focus on policy, if I just focus on the, you know, this provision, or that law, or are we making a good, rational decision here, that people will get it.
So prepare for another chorus of paeans to The One’s new clothes. A propaganda offensive for all you hicks out there just not smart enough to get it on your own, so it has to be spelled out for you.
But Obama’s problem isn’t that people don’t know what he’s done and what he intends to do, but that they know them all too well. Consequently, this new communications barrage is only likely to make things worse for him politically, not better. It’s sort of like what Twain said: better to remain silent and let people think you’re an idiot, than open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Title H/T: Eric Burden and the Animals.