President Obama opened Wednesday’s press conference reassuring angry voters, “who rejected Democrats up and down the ballot and from coast to coast Tuesday,” that he heard their message and was paying attention. Unfortunately, the rest of Obama’s rhetoric did not quite match up with his opening statement. Time,
“I want you to know that I hear you,” he said at the beginning of his traditional postelection press conference. But the thrust of the 73-minute exercise in self-immolation indicated that while he may have heard, he wasn’t following their advice.
Despite ceremonial overtures to Republicans on their retaking the majority, Obama appeared unmoved by the results Wednesday, promising to hear Republicans out, but not to stray from his path…
Even if no one else is, Obama made it clear: he is still a believer. After his party’s latest rebuke, he is chastened, but not changed.