A Week of Post-Election Damage Control

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January 26, 2010 | Comments

To commemorate the earthshattering election that occurred one week ago today – the election of republican Scott Brown in the deep blue state of Massachusetts to occupy the seat previously held for decades by Ted Kennedy — I have collected quotes from carefully orchestrated speeches and interviews the President has given in the wake of this event that has rattled to the bone his party, his presidency – and no doubt his arrogant world view, as well. The quotes, which speak for themselves, would have been drastically different, I think, had there been a drastically different election outcome last Tuesday. Enjoy…

“The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office.”

 “People are angry. They are frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”

“I’d rather be a really good one-term President than a mediocre two-term President.”

“Part of what I had campaigned on was changing how Washington works, opening up transparency and I think it is — I think the health care debate as it unfolded legitimately raised concerns not just among my opponents, but also amongst supporters that we just don’t know what’s going on. And it’s an ugly process and it looks like there are a bunch of back room deals.”

“Let’s just clarify: I didn’t make a bunch of deals. There is a legislative process that is taking place in Congress and I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.”

“I know folks in Washington are in a little bit of a frenzy this week, trying to figure out what the election in Massachusetts the other day means for health insurance reform, for Republicans and Democrats, and for me. This is what they love to do. But this isn’t about me. It’s about you….I’ll never stop fighting for you. I’ll take my lumps, too.”

“We were so busy just getting stuff done….that I think we lost some of the 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.”

 “Now, we’ve gotten pretty far down the road, but I have to admit, we’ve run into a bit of a buzz saw along the way….And the longer it has taken, the uglier the process has looked.”

Tomorrow night this President will give his State of the Union Address to the nation. He has been shocked and he has been stunned, but the true character and fiber of a man do not change, and we all must remember that we have seen the true character and fiber of this man who wishes, and has never stopped wishing, to “transform” America. Should he attempt tomorrow night to convince us that he, too, has been transformed by last Tuesday’s massacre, we will not be fooled by whatever “new and improved” words we hear from him. We will not be the fools he and his believe us to be.

Betsy Siino | Comments