Obama's 'It's Not Optimal' Controversy Shows Voters Don't Really Care About the Issues (VIDEO)

obamaIt has to have something to do with the fact that this is the most Internet-centric presidential election in history. It has to. During every debate and interview, we're all just waiting for whatever word, phrase, or sentence is going to make the best quote, soundbite, or meme. See binders full of women (which was a lie). And now see the backlash at President Obama for using the phrase: "It's not optimal."

During an interview with Jon Stewart, the president was asked about the communication issues that contributed to confusion about the circumstances of the Benghazi attack. Stewart said: "Because I would say, even you would admit, it was not the optimal response, at least to the American people, as far as all of us being on the same page."

And then Obama replied: "Here’s what I’ll say. If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal. We’re going to fix it. All of it." And then the world freaked out at this "verbal misstep."


Look. Think what you want of Obama, but the man is smart. Smarter than you, and smarter than me. Not only am I sure that he full-well realizes that four Americans being killed is more than "not optimal", he was repeating what Stewart said. I don't think those are the words he would have chosen, had Stewart not used them first. Is this really an issue?

In some ways, this election is just getting ridiculous. We're focusing more on the little things each candidate says more than the issues themselves. You can pretty much take anything anyone says out of context, and make it sound like a flub, or "verbal misstep."

News flash: People don't support the candidates they support because of some random sentence they said at some point in their lives. They support them because of the larger picture. So, maybe we should criticize them for the larger issues -- instead of the flubs -- too. And, yes, that goes for both sides.

Do you consider this a "verbal misstep"?


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