If Jay Carney was hoping the campaigner in chief's interview with NBC's Chuck Todd would somehow make his job a little easier, sigh....he was wrong.
Tonight, President Obama acquiesced to public pressure and allowed a member of his entourage 15 minutes to ask a few questions about the now infamous LIE, 'if you like your plan, you can keep it, period'.
One assumes the goal of the interview was less about apologizing, he did not, and more about using his communication skills to convince his people he did not LIE.
In full disclosure, I am a non-Obama believer however, I trust those who had a glass of Kool-Aid while watching the interview would agree, President Obama failed to reach his mark.
If I had but one word to describe tonight's interview, it would be disastrous, although disingenuous comes to mind.
To most Americans, a sincere apology occurs when someone admits fault or failure and takes responsibility. President Obama did neither, and Americans received no apology.
President Obama would disagree and argue he did indeed apologize, he simply chose to use an alternate meaning of the word apology, preferring instead the apology used to describe a reasoned argument or writing in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.
In the NBC interview, rather than admitting fault, the president begins by saying "I meant what I said".
Really Mr. President, because I distinctly remember hearing you say, if you like your plan, you can keep it. Period. But I digress.
When Tiger Beat Todd asked Obama if he felt like he [owed] these folks an apology for misleading them? (Golly shucks Mr. President) You know --Even if you didn't intentionally do it?
Obama offers this heartfelt statement in response,
"you know -- I regret very much'...'that, you know, we weren't as clear as we needed to be -- in terms of the changes that were [taking] place,' adding my favorite line from the interview, 'and I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position -- a better position than they were before this law happened.
Before this law happened? You mean before this law that HAPPENED to be passed on Christmas Eve, without one Republican vote, and before anyone HAPPENED to read the law, HAPPENED???
I could go on to describe the absurdity of each statement in Obama's non-apology, apology, instead, I will leave you with this. When asked if he understood that people might be a little more skeptical of his word, the president said:
"I think that -- I've now been in national public life for seven, eight years. I've been president for -- almost five. And I think for the most part people know that I speak my mind and I tell folks what I think, and I've been very clear about what I'm trying to do".
On this point, we agree.
I happen to believe we can take the president at his word when he speaks off teleprompter, or when he spoke prior to running for office.
It is clear to me now, what Secretary Kerry was referring to when he said the internet makes it much harder to govern. Thanks to the technology that so spectacularly failed the president during the Obamacare roll out, we can hear Obama in his own words, and according to the president, we can trust him!