President Obama's latest "60 Minutes" interview suggests why he so often uses a teleprompter. Without one, he says the darndest things.
For example, Mr. Obama claimed that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell had said he wanted to make him a one-term president quote -- "...when I first came into office." In fact, McConnell did not say that until October of 2010 nearly two years into the Obama term.
And McConnell added -- quote -- "I don't want the president to fail; I want him to change."
In another answer, the president said George W. Bush issued more regulations than he has during the same time frame, and moments later attacked the Bush administration for too much deregulation.
There are also Mr. Obama's problems with antecedents, as in response to a question about pressure from Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, as you heard, on Iran's nuclear program, Mr. Obama said he is able to block out -– quote -- "any noise" that's out there.
On the recent events in the Middle East which of course included a wave of anti-U.S. violence that -- among other things -- killed a U.S. ambassador, Mr. Obama spoke of the inevitability of -- quote -- "bumps in the road."
Today, as we've heard, the hapless Jay Carney was explaining that these last two quotes did not really mean what the words clearly say. If that sounds familiar, well it is. That's what Mr. Obama and his defenders claimed when he famously said if you've got a business, you didn't build that.