Obama: Not enough change in first term
Not much hope either, but that's another story.
"I think it's important to know we did an awful lot in the first four years," Mr. Obama told Rose when asked why he was seeking reelection. "But when I think about the next four years, what's undone?"
The president argued that another term would help congeal policies he's put in place to make sure the middle class is "strong and growing," and said, "The question right now for the American people is, which vision - mine or Mr. Romney's - is most likely to deliver for those folks?"
Rose asked about the current campaign compared to the 2008 race in which Mr. Obama ran on "hope," "change," and "Yes, we can." "What happened to that? Because that's not the narrative today," said Rose.
"Well, it's funny, you know? I just came back from a bus tour in Ohio. And we're now starting to get in the campaign swing. And I tell people, 'This campaign's still about hope.' If somebody asks me, it's still about change."
But the president said what has frustrated him most since coming to office is "not the hard work. It's not the, you know, enormity of the decisions. It's not the pace. It is that I haven't been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington to reflect the decency and common sense of ordinary people - Democrats, Republicans, and independents - who I think just want to see their leadership solve problems. And, you know, there's enough blame to go around for that."
"And do you blame yourself for that?" asked Rose.
"Well, I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem-solving," Mr. Obama replied.
The guy was in the US senate and he didn't know that "politics trumps problem solving" in DC? He is either lying, or incredibly stupid and naive.
There's a reason politics is so important -- not everyone agrees with Obama and his idea of "change." The opposition uses politics to oppose the president and his idea of "problem solving."
There is a breathtaking arrogance inherent in his whining. He can't understand why Republicans just don't lie down and accept his superior wisdom on health care, financial regulation, global warming, and other issues.
After all, he "won" didn't he?