Barack Obama was interviewed by Steve Kroft of CBS ′60 Minutes′ and made several startling admissions. For example, Obama said that fixing the economy will ″Probably takes more than one president.″ Really? Most of the interview was filled with Obama back-peddling on broken and failed promises concerning the economy and unemployment. ″I didn′t overpromise. And I didn′t underestimate how tough this was gonna be.″ Really? So what happened to Obama the Optimist back when his 2009 stimulus package would produce millions of shovel-ready jobs and keep unemployment below 8%? Did he replace himself with a clone, Obama the Pessimist, while he plays golf?
Barack Obama may be right about fixing America′s economy taking two presidents. Pretty much any of the current Republican candidates should do a better job than Obama. So once we replace Obama, we should be A-OK! Or maybe Obama concluded that America has now grown so large, so powerful, that like Rome of ancient days, we need two proconsuls to manage the empire? That despite the Harvard law professor being the most brilliant person ever to achieve high office, even the greatness of a Barack Obama is not enough to run the country single-handed.
Consider, or at least remember, that according to the Obama administration, we had already had our Recovery Summer last year. By their measure, they already fixed the economy. The new health care law will solve the budget crisis in the long run. The new financial regulations of Dodd-Frank have solved Wall Street and ended forever the concept of too-big-to-fail. Would you call such statements an ′over-promise?′ If anything was over-promised to the American people, it was that there was any form of substance lurking inside the empty suit of Barack Obama.
The ′60 Minutes′ interview with Barack Obama might be Steve Kroft′s finest work if he really asks some tough questions and probes for substantive answers. I suspect that he does not and this will wind up being yet another Obama ′don′t-blame-me′ session for the economy and unemployment. At one point, Obama will compare himself to a ship captain of a boat caught in a bad storm. His excuse will be ″I don′t control the weather.″ No? I thought Obama was a believer in man-controlled weather? Certainly man-influenced weather. Perhaps the problem is that Obama does not have the leadership skills to influence a flea in a flea circus? Maybe we need a new captain at the wheel?