President Obama has an uncanny natural ability to place blame for his mistakes, shortcomings, miscalculations and backfires on the backs of his supporters while framing it as a compliment (credit for the good stuff, i.e. killing bin Laden, he’ll keep for himself, thank you very much).
The funny part is how what’s left of his adoring base mostly cheer when he grants them his unconditional forgiveness for being such colossal letdowns:
“You know, I’m a little dinged up here and there,” he said to laughter. “But I tell you what, though. The vision that brought us together in 2008, that’s undiminished in me. The confidence I have in the American people, in their decency, that’s undiminished. My faith that we can make tough choices on behalf of future generations, that’s undiminished. My belief in you has not lessened.”
“My belief in you has not lessened.” Try to imagine Yul Brenner as Rameses in the Ten Commandments offering that line in one of his more gracious, selfless moments and it’s even funnier.
Or maybe Obama was just trying to reassure his teleprompter.