Obama regrets not being a better storyteller

US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that the biggest mistake of his first term was not being a good enough storyteller, saying he needed to better communicate to the American people about his policies to foster ‘a sense of unity and purpose and optimism.’

‘When I think about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t done well, the mistake of my first term - couple of years - was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important.

‘But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times,’ Obama told CBS News in an interview.

As he heads into another election this year, Obama discussed the failures and successes of his administration.

‘It’s funny - when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?’ he said in the interview, which will be aired in full on Sunday and Monday.

‘And in my first two years, I think the notion was, ‘Well, he’s been juggling and managing a lot of stuff, but where’s the story that tells us where he’s going?’ And I think that was a legitimate criticism.’
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