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Obama on his first term: Good policies that I will explain more effectively my second term

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By Doug Powers  •  July 13, 2012 09:17 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The other day, James Carville offered President Obama some advice: If you want to keep any hope of being reelected, don’t reflect on your first term and instead focus on what you’ll do in your second term.

So far Obama is meeting Carville halfway and seems to be planning to do the same stuff in his second term that he did in his first term, except to somehow make the exact same policies more successful by doing a better job of telling the story:

In an exclusive interview with “CBS This Morning” host Charlie Rose set to air Sunday morning, President Barack Obama, accompanied by the First Lady, opened up and revealed what he considers to be the biggest mistake of his first term.

No, it has nothing to do with his policies, those were good, he explained.

Instead, Obama told CBS News he needs to do a better job “explaining” where his policies will take the country during his second term — having good policy just isn’t enough.

He would also like to do a better job of “inspiring” the American people in the next go round.

“The mistake of my first term – couple of years – was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”

Garrison Keillor could be close to getting an offer to be the nation’s first “storytelling czar.”

If better storytelling still doesn’t turn the economy around, the Obama administration will consider the nuclear option, which is to order all Americans to close their eyes and click their heels together three times while repeating “there’s no place like hope… there’s no place like hope…”

A preview of the segment CBS will air on Sunday:

Drew M’s headline at Ace of Spades sticks the landing on this story: Obama: I Regret Not Speaking Slower And Using Smaller Words. If I Had, You’d Realize How Lucky You Are I Let You Have Me As Your President

Be sure to take a close look at the graph as well.

**Written by Doug Powers

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