Two points: 1) Given how he so often says he wakes up every morning thinking about what he could do to create jobs, it’s interesting that he says his inability to pass comprehensive immigration reform (even when he totally controlled Congress) was his biggest failure. But I suppose that can be written off as simple pandering.
2) His biggest lesson, meanwhile, is that “you can’t change Washington from the inside.” Wait a second. In the 2008 primaries, his whole argument with Hillary Clinton was over this exact question. She believed that you can change Washington from the inside and Barack Obama said you couldn’t.
For example, in a Nevada debate, Obama said he wasn’t a very organized person. But that didn’t matter because it was the president’s job to inspire people. The presidency “involves having a vision for where the country needs to go . . . and then being able to mobilize and inspire the American people to get behind that agenda for change.”
Hillary rejected this formulation. She said being president is about being the “chief executive officer” who must be “able to manage and run the bureaucracy.”
Obama won that fight. But as president he conspicuously failed to inspire people, save for the tea parties who proceeded to drive a historic victory for the Republicans in 2010. For example, after over 50 speeches, statements and addresses on ObamaCare he never made it a popular piece of legislation.
And now he’s saying he had to learn an idea he never subscribed to was wrong. How introspective of him!
And then he goes on to blame his failures not on any of his shortcomings but on the Republicans.
So we need to reelect a guy who cares more about comprehensive immigration reform than fixing the economy so he can once again fail to inspire people because the Republicans aren’t inspired by him.