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Obama Vows To Make Washington 'Work Better'

Nov. 10, 2014

On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Barack Obama said the election emboldened him to continue his political strategy to govern without Congress. “The buck stops right here, at my desk,” Obama told Bob Schieffer. “So whenever, as head of the party, it doesn’t do well, I’ve got to take responsibility for it. The message that I took from this election … is people want to see this city work. And they feel as if it’s not working. … So I’ve got to make this city work better for them.” But later, he admitted, “[C]ampaigning and governance are two different things. … When you start governing, there is a tendency sometimes for me to start thinking, as long as I get the policy right then that’s what should matter. And people have asked, ‘What do you need to do differently going forward?’ And I think you do that gut check after every election.” Obama has made his gut check – this election was a referendum on the way he did policies, not the policies themselves. The buck never stops with him.

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