Obama says Americans have a right to feel inflated.
After nearly destroying the US economy, tripling the national deficit, almost doubling unemployment, lying about openness, pushing radical legislation and constantly bashing his predecessor… Barack Obama told People Magazine that he will focus on uniting the country around common values this coming year.
Barack Obama managed to triple the US deficit in 2009, an achievement most thought impossible.
Now he says he wants to bring the country together.
The AP reported:
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.
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The president said his second-year agenda will be refocused on uniting the country around common values, “whether we’re Democrats or Republicans.”
…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.
So when the president says “common values” is this some code word for socialism, too?