Obama Unrepentant, Newt Penitent

by Mark Edward Taylor on December 12, 2011

“I didn’t overpromise,” President Obama said of a stagnant economy in a CBS 60 Minutes interview last night. “And I didn’t underestimate how tough this was gonna be.” Obama appeared unrepentant, asserting that he “always believed that this was a long-term project.” Obama added that recovery “was gonna take more than a year. It was gonna take more than two years. It was gonna take more than one term. Probably takes more than one president.”

Newt Gingrich would like to be that next president. In Saturday night’s GOP debate, some of the other candidates that an unfaithful husband is more likely to be an unfaithful leader. ”I’ve always kind of been of the opinion that if you cheat on your wife you’ll cheat on your business partner,” Rick Perry declared. Gingrich, on his third marriage and acknowledging infidelity during his first two unions, was contrite. He agreed that the question was relevant and said, ”I’ve said upfront and openly I’ve made mistakes at times. I’ve had to go to God for forgiveness. I’ve had to seek reconciliation.”

G ingrich remained cool, and his public penitence should play well not only with Iowa’s large evangelical constituency, but with the country at large. Americans love redemption stories, and Gingrich has had time to develop a good one. His creation story is actually a re-creation story, one in which he acknowledges the negative, shows he has learned from it, and moves forward toward the positive.

Obama seems to be having a more difficult time admitting to any mistakes he might have made. Obamessiah promised to be presidential perfection, but he didn’t deliver. Now it seems the flawed St. Obama would do better acknowledging that maybe he did “overpromise.” Just a little.

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