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Obama: ‘I’m Less Concerned About Style Points’

President Obama tried to rebut criticisms of his administration’s handling of the Syria situation by arguing that critics were grading him based on “style points” rather than the effectiveness of his policy.

“I think that folks here in Washington like to grade on style,” Obama told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week. “And so had we rolled out something that was very smooth and disciplined and linear, they would have graded it well, even if it was a disastrous policy.”

“I’m less concerned about style points — I’m much more concerned about getting the policy right,” he said.


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