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Obama’s Mistake: Not Telling a 'Story’ Better to The American People

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Despite myriad speeces and soundbites -- many in support of his still controversial Affordable Health Care Act -- President Obama said on Thursday that the biggest mistake of his first term was not being a good enough storyteller, explaining that he needed to better communicate to the American people why the policies he was pursuing mattered.

“The mistake of my first term -- couple of years -- was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right,” Obama told CBS News’ Charlie Rose. “And that’s important, but, you know, 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.”

“When I ran, everybody said, ‘Well, he can give a good speech, but can he actually manage the job?’” he went on to explain. “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.”

Going forward, the president said he plans to spend more time outside of Washington with the American people, “listening to them and also then being in a conversation with them about where we go as a country. I need to do a better job of that in my second term.”

The president has already been ramping up his travel ahead of November’s election. He spends tomorrow and Saturday campaigning in the critical swing state of Virginia.

In his second term the president said he needs to do a better job of not just "explaining, but also inspiring."

Chiming in, the first lady added, "Because hope is still there."

With the economy struggling and unemployment still high, millions of voters have expressed hope is increasingly short supply.

The full CBS interview with the president and first lady is set to air this weekend on “CBS Sunday Morning” and Monday on “CBS This Morning.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Scott Brown Sexually Abused as a Child

Photo Courtesy - TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA, has revealed he was sexually abused multiple times at the age of 10.

Brown told CBS News in an interview for 60 Minutes the abuse came at the hands of a camp counselor.

“Fortunately nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak, but it was certainly back then very traumatic. He said, ‘If you tell anybody then I’ll kill you, you know, I will make sure no one believes you.’ And that’s the biggest thing -- when people find people like me at that young vulnerable age who are basically lost, the thing that they have over you is they make you believe that no one will believe you,” Brown said in the interview.

“So you never reported it?” asked CBS' Lesley Stahl.

“No. My mom will read about it for the first time. My wife hasn’t read about it. No, no I didn’t tell anybody. That’s what happens when you’re a victim. You’re embarrassed. You’re hurt.”

Brown also said that as a boy growing up in Wakefield, Mass., he also had to deal with physical and psychological abuse by his multiple stepfathers. Each of his parents were married four times and he has said that his father was not around very much.

In an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters for This Week shortly after his election in January of 2010, Brown described the violence he encountered at home.

“My parents were both loving, and they still are,” Brown told Walters. “When they were divorced, I was one years old, but they were always there for me.  When I referred to the violence in the home, it was with my mom's husband -- a couple of husbands. And I do remember getting up in the middle of the night and, you know, having to be the man of the family and come and rescue her and getting knocked around pretty good.”

“And it's made me appreciate my strong family and the fact that I have two great kids.  I'm not going to cry.  And, you know, I've learned from my parents' mistakes to do everything that they may have done wrong. And it was from youth. It wasn't from anything, you know, personal because they're both great people, and I love them to death.”

“But I've tried to learn from their mistakes and have a sense of humor. You know, when things are getting stressful around the house, to be more patient, be more tolerant and just, you know, just be open with our relationship. So 23 years, I've been married, and my kids are 21 and 19.  And there's nothing I wouldn't do for them.”

“And I would probably think divorce would never have been an option in your life?” asked Walters.

“It never has come up,” replied Brown. “We've always had a -- we've always gotten along so well. We -- we respect each other. I respect her career. She respects what I'm doing. We laugh and we have to. We kind of cry when we have to. We solve problems when we have to. I have to admit, I don't know what I'd do, you know, she's such an integral part of my life; you know, my kids come my family.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Obama on '60 Minutes': Healthcare Law Was Costly for Democrats

Photo Courtesy - The White House/Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- President Obama admits that he was blindsided by all the political fallout from the landmark healthcare reform legislation.

In a taped interviewed Sunday night on CBS' 60 Minutes, Obama said that other presidents had shied away from dealing with the “huge, big complicated system” because of the potential hit they would take at the polls.

That happened on Election Day, when Republicans regained control of the House.  Many Democrats who voted in favor of healthcare reform went down in defeat for that very reason.

Obama conceded that his decision to push ahead with the major overhaul of the healthcare system was “actually a little more costly than we expected, politically.”

Refusing to acknowledge that he didn’t see the handwriting on the wall, Obama said his major fault was not properly convincing Americans of the plan’s benefits, and allowing the GOP to get the upper hand in painting the law as an alleged socialist intrusion by big government.

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