The NPR radio show “Market Place” did an interview with President Obama last week. As they do in such interviews he was asked to describe his job in 5 words or less. This is what President Obama stated:
My job is to: Keep the American people safe and to create a platform for hard working people to succeed.
OK, first it’s not 5 words though he did say he could have boiled it down to 5 words. Second, the first 5 words seem so trite. Third, the remaining words…well trite again. In fact, it reminded me of his interview by 60 Minutes in 2010. What struck me with that interview was:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: …And, you know, I can make some really good arguments defending the Democratic position, and there are gonna be some people who just don’t agree with me. And that’s okay. And then we’ve got to figure out a way to compromise.
In keeping with my posting from 2010, I add this latest of President Obama’s statements to the “All you need to know to Understand President Obama” list. That is what these statements are. They are his self perception. They are a window into who he is.