On Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, liberal historian Doris Kearns Goodwin pleaded with President Obama to tell voters: "'I am doubling down on what I did.' He didn't do enough on the stimulus. He didn't do enough investing in the future. The things he believes in, he has to say we need more of it. And that's our future." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
Goodwin implored Obama to "diagnose that what went wrong has gone wrong for 20 years, not just the last four years. The middle class has been squeezed for a long time because of an unfair structure because of lack of investment."
Appearing on Monday's NBC Today, Obama biographer David Maraniss discussed how after the President was able to "resolve all of these contradictions" in his life, his biggest problem in the White House has been the country's failure to be as enlightened: "...why can't Congress, why can't the country? Why is there so much polarization?...he said there's no blue states or red states but the United States. Sort of an attempt on his part to transcend all of that."
Substitute co-host and moderator of Meet the Press, David Gregory, began the interview by teeing up the author's sympathetic portrayal of Obama's life: "A lot of this book is about what Barack Obama as a young man had to resolve about his own life. A lot of dysfunction in his life." Maraniss proclaimed: "...he never knew his father. His mother loved him but wasn't around that often. Here he is growing up in Honolulu, further than any land mass in the world....half black, half white. Dysfunction in the family, alcoholism. All of these problems that he had to resolve."
Appearing on Friday's NBC Today, Meet the Press host David Gregory advised the Obama campaign on how defeat Mitt Romney: "What the President's got to do is say, 'Hey, don't forget about George W. Bush. Things got really, really bad under him.'" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
Co-host Matt Lauer was skeptical: "I hear him saying that all the time....do you think that strategy works, the blame Bush strategy, or do people want you to take ownership of this economy at this stage?" Gregory was undeterred: "...they've got to prevail in providing context. Saying, 'Look, it's not about blaming the previous president, it's that the hill was so high to climb. And we're making some progress but the hole is still so deep.'"
As Republican strategist Alex Castellanos described the split in the Democratic Party over Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital on Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, host David Gregory defensively attempted to focus on Romney's difficulties: "...here's the problem for Governor Romney. He does have to create distance from a Republican Party that is in trouble."
Gregory failed to give much evidence for that declaration other than pointing to a potential demographic edge for Democrats: "[Romney] has to create new opportunities for the fact that there is a coalition of the young, Hispanics and women who he has a severe disadvantage with." Gregory also insisted Romney must come up with a better economic message: "He has to do that with a kind of vision for the economy that is different than, 'How's it going with the other guy?' Which is basically what his message has been so far."