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Executive Failure to Communicate

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Failure to Communicate

President Obama has had a little trouble getting some of his points across lately. The L.A. Times noted that he stumbled through a line of his speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Saturday, when he was supposed to be talking about billionaires who, the president said, have the same tax rate as a janitor.

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a Jew -- uh, as a janitor makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that with a badge of honor.

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The president also repeated a now familiar gaffe last Thursday.

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OBAMA: When Abraham Lincoln helped to build the Interstate -- uh, or the Intercontinental Railroad in the middle of the Civil War.

OBAMA: We're the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad; the Interstate Highway System.

An intercontinental railroad would travel between continents. The actual title was the Transcontinental Railroad.

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Bush League

President Obama is losing ground on his predecessor in recent opinion polls.

Gallup asked people if they think President Obama has been a better president, about the same, or worse than George W. Bush. 43 percent said better; 22 percent said the same; 34 percent said worse.

Among independent voters, a group critical to his re-election hopes the numbers are even more dismal for President Obama. Just 33 percent said he's better than President Bush; 29 percent said about the same; 38 percent said worse.

Too Hot for TV

And a group that says it is unimpressed with the Republican presidential candidates, currently, is pushing former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson to put in a bid for the Republican nomination.

The group says, Simpson is a man who could get things done. The campaign video shows the 80-year-old Simpson being tough but maybe too tough for TV. We added the bleeps.

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The group does clarify at the end of the video, that Alan Simpson did not approve this message.