Four years after Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of “hope and change,” he now is admitting that a president isn’t able to change Washington “from the inside” — an admission that rival Mitt Romney promptly blasted as “the white flag of surrender.”
President Obama, at a forum Thursday hosted by the Spanish-language TV channel Univision, lamented the challenge of shaking up the status quo in the capital.
“The fact that we haven’t been able to change the tone in Washington is disappointing,” Obama said, in response to a question about his greatest failure. “The most important lesson I’ve learned is you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside.”