When Obama said that he "failed to tell a story," I think he meant that he didn't give enough speeches. Remember his first year? Every week he was on t.v. giving a MAJOR SPEECH. People eventually got tired of having their favorite shows and sports programs pre-empted, and Obama faded away. Now he is expressing major regret that he had to curtail those speeches. He probably has a boatload of speeches ready to go at any time. But, maybe more speeches would be good for the rest of us. When we had all had a surfeit of speechmaking, his approval rating went down after every subsequent speech.