• Barack Obama, Remarkably Slow Learner

    barack obamaEver since President Obama announced on Univision that "The most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside," he's been under attack from conservatives for… it's unclear what.

    What is clear is that this is hardly the first prosaic thing Obama has learned during his tenure…

    9/19/12: "One of the things I've learned as president is you represent the entire country. My expectation is if you want to be president, you've got to work for everybody, not just for some."

    9/12/12:  "You know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I've learned is you can't do that."

    Nearly four years as president and Obama has learned that the 1) attitudes of voters are important, 2) the president represents everyone, and 3) indiscriminate shooting is bad. All I Really Need to Know I Learned After Becoming President has to be the least inspiring motivational poster imaginable.

    If I were president, I would at least have learned where we keep the alien spacecraft by now, having learned platitudes about "working for everybody" long before stepping into the West Wing.

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