"You know, the one thing about being president is, after four years, you get pretty humble. You´d think maybe you wouldn´t but actually you become more humble--you realize what you don´t know," Obama said. "You realize all the mistakes you made. But you also realize you can´t do things by yourself. That´s not how our system works. You´ve got to have the help and the goodwill of Congress, and what that means is you´ve got to make sure that constituents of members of Congress are putting some pressure on them, making sure they´re doing the right thing."
Right. Spam-bot "constituents" put pressure on Congress to do what POTUS wants. I have tried for three years to contact my congressional representative (Sheila Jackson Lee) with no luck. Over the course of three months in 2010, I contacted her office by phone and email 37 times with no reply. How, pray tell, does one "put pressure" on a woman who has three local and one national office, is on television every time a camera rolls, and feels no responsibility at all to those in her district who do not share her views. The President is supposed to work with Congress, by the way. I presume she returns HIS phone calls!
I hear ya ´. Lots of pressure coming up in 2014 for all those Democrats in states Romney carried. Couldn´t agree more. There are even a few who have never been held accountable at the ballot box for their ´09 Obamacare votes. I agree with the President.
It is bizarre, but this man actually does not understand the American system of divided government. He really doesn´t. It comes as a surprise to him that a U.S. president cannot rule by fiat. He didn´t know that. He doesn´t like it, since it interferes with his plans.
Obama is proof that candidates for the presidency should be required to take and pass a basic U.S. history and civics exam as part of the qualifying process. It has long been apparent that this "professor" of Constitutional law could not have passed such a simple exam.
Obama wouldn´t knoe "the right thing´ if it hit him in the face. In all my 70 years, I´ve never witnessed a president that acts as such "royalty" in addressing us "peasants". The man is certifiably nuts.
You become humble…You realize what you don’t know…You realize the mistakes you’ve made…You realize Congress is a co-equal branch of government…And you have to convince the public to put pressure on Congress to make sure they do what I tell them because I´m always right.
Doesn’t the last statement pretty well wipe out everything that came before it?
What follows below is a quote from: http://www.psychologytoday.com/node/59781
Consider an extreme case of arrested development in a young person whose chronological age is eighteen, but whose operating age, based on his or her lack of responsibility and consequent immaturity, is maybe thirteen or fourteen. What forms does this persistent escape take?
When it comes to COMMITMENT, he keeps breaking promises to himself and others. By repeatedly not keeping his word, he has lost some faith in his capacity to be reliable and in his being self-reliant.
When it comes to COMPLETION, she rarely finishes what she begins. By starting much and getting little accomplished, she has lost some confidence in her capacity to follow through and meet personal goals.
When it comes to CONSISTENCY, he doesn´t maintain continuity of constructive effort. By repeatedly being unable to keep up a healthy regimen, he has lost some capacity for self-discipline and self-care.
When it comes to CONFRONTATION, she avoids and puts off dealing with painful situations. By repeatedly choosing not to deal with emotional discomfort, she has lost some capacity to work through personal hardship.
When it comes to COURAGE, he hides from telling the truth by taking refuge in dishonesty. By repeatedly choosing to lie about what is really happening, he has lost some capacity for dealing forthrightly with reality.
When it comes to CONTROL, she lets impulse rule judgment. By repeatedly giving into the lure of immediate gratification, she has lost some capacity to resist temptation for the greater good.
When it comes to CONSEQUENCES, he disowns the results of his actions. By repeatedly denying the connection between bad choices and bad consequences, he has lost some capacity for personal accountability.
When it comes to CLOSURE, she decides by default (making no decision) when deciding gets hard. By repeatedly letting circumstance dictate difficult decisions, she has lost some capacity for mental toughness.
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