A president, acting and speaking presidentially, would have used that moment to connect his leadership to the cause of freedom and liberty and prosperity which mark our nation as uniquely admirable in the world. He’d have elevated his aspirations above mere politics and articulated a vision of the future to which he might contribute something more than just policy. He might have at least imagined a legacy that reflected his hopes for the next generation. Anything that sounded like he understood the question.
What he understood was to stay on message, so our celebrity/candidate president gave a vapid, 206-word stump speech about health care, education and energy.
This is not a legacy. This is a legislative recap. And frankly, not a very successful one considering polls that show nearly 60 percent of voters would like to repeal the health care bill, his crowning achievement.
Was this a presidential “View”? No. It couldn’t be, not just because the show itself lacks the seriousness and sobriety of a legitimate media appearance for a sitting president, but because the man simply doesn’t seem to get what it means to carry such a profound mantle of leadership.
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