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The Balkanization of the media means that nobody is having a single conversation with a single set of agreed-upon facts and assumptions the way you had as recently as the 90s.
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The influence of not just big money, but dark money. The collapse of party structures. Yeah, all these things have contributed. When F. Lincoln, as you know, wrote hot letters to people. Have you ever written any drafts of speeches or hot letters?
Every once in a while, my team here will hear me go on a rant. Generally speaking, people who know me will tell you that my public persona is not that different from my private persona. You sort of get what you see with me. The two exceptions are that I curse more than I should, and I find myself cursing more in this office than I had in my previous life. And the second thing is that I can be much more sarcastic and, I think, sometimes withering in my assessments of things than I allow to show in my public life.
But do you ever wish you had been president in another era? And Teddy Roosevelt was right for the era when punchy language worked.
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Because it gets chopped up. But I tell you what, though. So something is working. And I took the criticism to heart. They get it. That was a pretty complicated piece of business, but I think people heard me. If I just had [the benefits of] what Reagan had, then the concentrated power of the bully pulpit would be an enormous advantage.
I [give] maybe the long-winded speeches that not everybody reads, but I can also do a slow jam on Jimmy Fallon better than most. Yes, even that list is perpetually renewing itself because each day I say, Maybe if I had done that just a little bit different or that a little bit better. I know there are problems that I say to myself, If maybe I was a little more gifted I might have been able to solve. So I guess my point is that there are always things that I think I wish I could have done better.
I wish I could have persuaded the public more or my colleagues more, here in Washington, around a particular course of action. Another good example of that is the situation in Syria, which haunts me constantly.
I would say of all the things that have happened during the course of my presidency the knowledge that you have hundreds of thousands of people who have been killed, millions who have been displaced, [makes me] ask myself what might I have done differently along the course of the last five, six years. The conventional arguments about what could have been done are wrong. The notion that if I had taken a pinprick strike when the chemical-weapons issue came out, as opposed to negotiating and getting all those chemical weapons out—that that would have been decisive.
All those things I tend to be skeptical about. Was there some move that is beyond what was being presented to me that maybe a Churchill could have seen, or an Eisenhower might have figured out? But there are times where I think I wish I could have imagined a different level of insight. The night F. Did you ever feel that? When confronting the explosion that you came into, with the recession and the difficulty we were facing?
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And then by the next day he was O. The times where I had been anguished almost exclusively had to do with deploying our men and women overseas. The first Afghan decision to surge additional troops there because the situation was deteriorating. I remember giving a speech at West Point and seeing all those amazing young people and knowing that some would be sent and not every one of them would come back. Weighing that—those never get easy. And that weighs on me. You drove around in a car in that comedy video with Jerry Seinfeld, right? Franklin Roosevelt drove Churchill almost to the edge of a cliff, in Hyde Park—and Churchill was so afraid.
He tricked me and took me in his car one day, and the Secret Service collaborated with him. It seems like things have tightened. I think since the systematic emergence of terrorism and the assassination attempts, everything has tightened. My hope is that it loosens back up once I leave.
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OBAMA: Having had this office has given me this incredible perch from which to see how the world works. The power of the office is unique and it is a humbling privilege. With that power, however, also comes a whole host of institutional constraints. There are things I cannot say. There are things that …. OBAMA: … that I cannot say, not out of any political concerns, but out of prudential concerns of the office. There are institutional obligations I have to carry out that are important for a president of the United States to carry out, but may not always align with what I think would move the ball down the field on the issues that I care most deeply about.
In January , President Obama completely changed the structure of his speeches. But neither could pin it down. Now the complete story is told and the technique is revealed. This is the one Obama book everyone should read. It is the one book on how to craft a persuasive speech that everyone needs.
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