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Obama in '08: My Weakness Is Being Messy, Disorganized

11:48 AM, Nov 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In light of yesterday's press conference, it's perhaps worth remembering these lines from a 2008 presidential debate from Barack Obama on his greatest strength and weakness:

"My greatest strength, I think, is the ability to bring people together from different perspectives, to get them to recognize what they have in common and to move people in a different direction," said Obama in 2008.

"And as I indicated before, my greatest weakness, I think, is when it comes to -- I'll give you a very good example. I ask my staff never to hand me paper until two seconds before I need it, because I will lose it. (Laughter.) You know. The -- you know. And my desk in my office doesn't look good. I've got to have somebody around me who is keeping track of that stuff. And that's not trivial. I need to have good people in place who can make sure that systems run. That's what I've always done. And that's why we've run not only a good campaign but a good U.S. Senate office."

Obama indicated yesterday that the White House staff had let him down during the Obamacare rollout and not informed him of the major problems with healthcare.gov.

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