WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says he has not succeeded in bringing the country together, acknowledging an atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national feeling surrounding his inauguration a year ago.
"That's what's been lost this year ... that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said in an interview with People magazine.
The president said his second-year agenda will be refocused on uniting the country around common values, "whether we're Democrats or Republicans."
"We all want work that's satisfying, pays the bills and gives children a better future and security," Obama said in the interview, which the magazine conducted with the president and his wife, Michelle Obama, at the White House last Friday.
The president's comments came as Republican leaders rallied against the core items of his agenda, from his economic stimulus plan to health care. The mood of the country has remained in a sustained slump, too, as double-digit unemployment followed a campaign built upon "hope" and "change."
Obama said people have "every right to feel deflated, because the economy was far worse than any of us expected." But he insisted that his government's economic steps in 2009 are paying off and that people should have confidence in this new year.
The President concedes he has not accomplished his goal of bring Americans together. While acknowledging nothing has really changed in the way business gets down in Washington, he doesn't offer anything beyond that which we have already heard.
The President acknowledges the mood of the country is "deflated", yet he seems unable or unwilling to recognize his agenda is partially, responsible for this.
Until the President understand that the nation he leads is largely more conservative than either Pelosi and Reid, as well as himself, he will be unable to unify the nation.
For everyones sake lets hope The President gets it right going forward and perhaps then, and only then will the nation start to come together.
It is more likely however that we the people will need to make our voices heard at the polls in 2010 and 2012, and vote the largely corrupt and tone deaf legislators out of office. Lets call it "The Time of National Dusting and Cleaning."
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Via: Yahoo News