I was going to write a longer post about Obama's presser today, but here's the abridged version: the President has no regrets whatsoever about the policies and practices of his Administration.
If Americans are angry, it's because Republicans failed to compromise or there's a communication misstep or he "adopted" the problem. All of the legislation he pushed - especially healthcare - is as pure as Obama's altruistic intentions, and segregated from the deficit-busting cost or the actual and unintended results.
In other words, it's not him America - it's you.
Extra - I swear I wrote what's above before I went to AoSHQ: "It would have been much shorter and much more honest if he just said what he really wants to say, 'Let me be clear, I'm still awesome. If you're not smart enough to get that, it's on you not me'."
More - Jennifer Rubin has some thoughts on Contentions.
And this - From Protein Wisdom and Legal Insurrection.
Finally – Here's the great Victor Davis Hanson with "Obama doesn't get it." Excerpt:
President Obama came close, but he still just cannot admit that his radical policies and their effects on the economy are the cause of his devastating political rebuke. For most of his press conference, an oddly depressed Obama voted present, as he all but said that the problems are mostly ours, not his - or at least not his agenda but perhaps an occasional inadequate communication.Obama's intransigence, coupled with the bad blood generated with his petty personal attacks on Speaker-to-be John Boehner means that we're in for a "small ball" Congress where very little on the President's agenda gets passed. Thank heaven.
In clingers fashion, he once more is talking down to us, explaining that we confused his necessary solutions with a bogeyman increase in big government, and so typically, in fright and ignorance, lashed out at his party. He is claiming the outrage grew from the same frustration that elected him, rather than arising precisely because of him and his agenda.