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Obama’s Rough 2013 Prompts a New Blueprint (Podesta: Need to remember Harry Reid's not president)
The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, January 25, 2014 | Scott Wilson with Karen Tumulty

Posted on 01/25/2014 3:22:45 PM PST by kristinn

An internal White House assessment concludes that President Obama must distance himself from a recalcitrant Congress after being badly damaged last year by legislative failures, a government shutdown and his own missteps.

Obama has said that his fraught relationship with Congress, especially after Republicans won the House in 2010, complicated his ability to promote his agenda. But for the first time, following what many allies view as a lost year, the White House is reorganizing itself to support a more executive-focused presidency and inviting the rest of the government to help.

The new approach comes after weeks of internal White House debate over a single question: What went wrong in 2013? The answers will help determine the outline of the State of the Union address Obama will deliver Tuesday evening, as well as how he pursues a meaningful legacy in the remainder of his term.

Last year began with the fresh-start ambitions of his second inauguration but ended in a long trail of mistakes, international embarrassments and missed legislative opportunities that sapped Obama’s credibility with the public.

Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer outlined the lessons learned in a three-page memo that Obama discussed with his Cabinet in recent weeks, according to several administration officials who have read the document.

Among its conclusions is that Obama, a former state legislator and U.S. senator, too often governed more like a prime minister than a president. In a parliamentary system, a prime minister is elected by lawmakers and thus beholden to them in ways...

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“Looking at the last year from outside, a lot of it was the president in battle with a dysfunctional Congress,” Podesta said. “Our task is to remember that [Sen.] Harry Reid is the majority leader, not the president,” and allow him to manage Democratic priorities in the Senate.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; danpfeiffer; election2014; election2016; impeachnow; johnpodesta; obamasotu; podesta; stateoftheunion
Article is chock full of revelations by his staff about how badly Obama and the staff performed last year.
1 posted on 01/25/2014 3:22:45 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I have a pen and I intend to govern without congress.


2 posted on 01/25/2014 3:25:39 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: kristinn

http://www.youtube.com/embed/ufHZ4WXgomk?feature=player_detailpage


3 posted on 01/25/2014 3:27:23 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: saganite

History has shown that those who govern without the will of the people being governed usually end up being ‘toast’.

Unfortunately that process can take a very long time to see it come to fruition.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 3:29:35 PM PST by The Working Man
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To: kristinn

“Our task is to remember that [Sen.] Harry Reid is the majority leader, not the president,”

Gee, ya think they lost sight of that last year?
Oh that evil Congress, if we didn’t have that
every thing would be peachy. /s


5 posted on 01/25/2014 3:34:23 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: kristinn
Article is chock full of revelations by his staff about how badly Obama and the staff performed last year.

It is also chock-full of excuses, denials, rationalizations and a general glossing over.

The Post oh, so wants their boy to be perceived as a success.

6 posted on 01/25/2014 3:36:22 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: kristinn
"“We still didn’t know enough about the Republicans,” said one senior administration official...."

Neither do the rest of us.

7 posted on 01/25/2014 3:55:36 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: kristinn
"Senior advisers say Obama will also travel outside Washington frequently."

Same ole same ole.

8 posted on 01/25/2014 3:58:32 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: kristinn
"...to follow through on some of Obama’s biggest policy ideas, from the Muslim outreach initiative...."

Oh no, not again. It worked soooo well the first time.

9 posted on 01/25/2014 4:00:46 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: okie01

Yes, and this sounds like classic Obama - he’s campaigning again. “Forget my record folks - we have a jim dandy new and improved approach for the rest of my time in office. My past mistakes are not important. I can’t really say it’s Bush’s fault anymore so I’ve zeroed in on Harry Reid and those evil uncooperative Republicans.”


10 posted on 01/25/2014 4:15:40 PM PST by Lake Living
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To: kristinn
a more executive-focused presidency

Sounds like Zero is going to use a lot of ink signing Executuve Orders.

11 posted on 01/25/2014 4:18:15 PM PST by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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12 posted on 01/25/2014 4:18:48 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: kristinn

Dysfunctional: the other half of the nation is represented therein.


13 posted on 01/25/2014 4:24:14 PM PST by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: Paladin2

#u<+ Obama and the muslim he rode in on.


14 posted on 01/25/2014 4:27:03 PM PST by abclily
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To: kristinn

It is true that Hairy Reed is not president. Valerie Jarret is.


15 posted on 01/25/2014 4:47:49 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: kristinn

In summary, Obama needs to get his head out of his ass.


16 posted on 01/25/2014 5:01:24 PM PST by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: Paladin2

What new ?


17 posted on 01/25/2014 5:11:47 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: kristinn

This regime is arrogant, naïve, and incompetent.

That is a dangerous combination.


18 posted on 01/25/2014 5:23:41 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: kristinn
The new approach comes after weeks of internal White House debate over a single question: What went wrong in 2013?

A bunch of American Patriots decided we're not gonna take anymore, THAT'S what happened.

Wonder what the meetings will be like next year with nobama the only RAT left standing?

19 posted on 01/25/2014 5:46:09 PM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: kristinn

Democrats are a pathetic lot. They cannot understand what went wrong in 2013, because they can’t.


20 posted on 01/25/2014 5:58:52 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: kristinn

This article is very damaging to nobama and his presidency. It gets about as close as it can to saying, “It’s a cock-up” without saying that. Reading between the lines was a fun exercise.


21 posted on 01/25/2014 6:08:03 PM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: upchuck

Yep. I don’t think I’ve read a lead paragraph before this that calls Obama “badly damaged.”


22 posted on 01/25/2014 6:44:18 PM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

The WH admits Odumbo is an abject failure. The long knives will come out and there will be a revelation of how messed up Odumbo truly is, WH staff will start to resign enmasse.


23 posted on 01/26/2014 4:43:35 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: kristinn
“The political discussion, the press, the politicians want to pull the president into the role of prime minister,” the second official added. “So you have to swerve really hard to the executive powers at a time like this.”

Note the totally contrived justification for executive powers in the above. The admin assets that because the press and politicians want Barry beholden to them, Zero will "have to swerve really hard to executive powers."

Such insane logic is ludicrous to have to contemplate!

HF

24 posted on 01/26/2014 6:47:32 PM PST by holden
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To: holden

‘The admin assets’ should be ‘the administration asserts’.

Sorry.

HF


25 posted on 01/26/2014 6:51:17 PM PST by holden
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To: saganite

Re Obama and a pen. That is like the joke about the constipated proctologist who was trying to end his suffering. “He worked it out with a pen”.

If Obama did that he’s suffer immense brain damage.

Somebody send the Orkin man to the White House. There is a persistent vermin there named Podesta who needs a bath.


26 posted on 01/26/2014 11:52:40 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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