Oh boy, it’s 11 years since we had a president who feels your pain. But we got one.
“I definitely feel folks pain.”
That’s what President Obama said today during his press conference in answer to the question, “is the President feeling our pain?”
It could be true that the president feels your pain with his human half. But unfortunately, he went on to answer the question with his Vulcan half.
I — look, I definitely feel folks’ pain.
You almost feel like you want to be a case worker and just start picking up the phone and advocating for each of these people who are working hard, trying to do right by their families; oftentimes, through no fault of their own, they’ve had a tough time, particularly over these last couple of years.
So, yes, it’s frustrating. But my job is to make sure that we’re focused over the long term: Where is it that we need to go? And the most important thing I can do as President is make sure that we’re living within our means, getting a budget that is sustainable, investing in the future and growing the economy. If I do that, then that’s probably the most help I can give to the most number of people.
Bill Clinton would have had an anecdote, a tear in his eye, a wistfulness in his voice. He would have lowered his head and shook it gently and pursed his lips together with that little “It just isn’t right – why can’t those poor people get a break” look on his face.
Obama feels your pain and will salve it with “a budget that is sustainable.” This is where the teleprompter should have flashed, “Emote Now.”