Perception is more important than reality.

Perception is more important than reality.

 The President gave an exclusive interview to ABC’s Jake Tapper and had this to say about the direction of the United States…”What I say to the American people is that we are moving in the right direction,” adding “I believe all the choices we’ve made have been the right ones”

Sorry Mr. President. Most people don’t think the country is moving in the right direction. And when you say that voters think you are out of touch. Most people don’t think all of your choices were “the right ones.” And when you say that voters think you are arrogant and out of touch.

No candidate for public office should ever say something that is completely at odds with public perception. Crime may be going down in a city, but if voters think crime is becoming rampant, a candidate who says crime is being cut will look out of touch.

The stats may suggest the economy is improving, but you’ll look stilly hailing a growing economy if voters perceive that the economy is in the crapper.

Taxes going down? Don’t say that if voters think they are skyrocketing. You’ll look foolish. And so on.

There are two ways to avoid this problem. Poll the place where you are planning to run for public office before you start running your mouth to make sure you don’t say things that make you look out of touch. Or spend some time with real people and listen to real stories to discern what people are thinking. Obviously the President has not spent much time doing the latter.

And by the way, who picked this room for an interview?

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