Everything old is new again
Some things never change. Take, for instance, the fact that a president does not make decisions based upon the polls.
Polling seems to be a flourishing business. Pollsters survey us on just about anything. Click on the Pew Research Center’s website and you’ll find polls on such issues as our views on torture and warrantless wiretapping, or President Barack Obama’s skills as a communicator.
George W. Bush said over and over again he did not make decisions based on polls. So we wanted to point out that Obama borrowed some of Bush’s phraseology in talking about polls with interviewer Jim Lehrer of PBS’ “Newshour.”
Roll the videotape:
MR. LEHRER: You’re not the least bit uneasy over the fact as John McCain and John Boehner, the Republican leader of the House, have praised your plan while the Democrats are criticizing it?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, I don’t — I don’t make these decisions based on polls or popularity. I make the decisions based on what I think is best. This is consistent with what I said during the campaign. The fact — if anything I think people should be interested in the fact that there’s been a movement in the direction of what I thought was going to be the right plan in the first place.
Photo Credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama at Camp Lejeune talking to Marines about Iraq plans)