In an appearance on Friday night’s “Hugh Hewitt Radio Show,” guest hosted by conservative author Carol Platt Liebau, Chuck Todd said he was surprised he had to coax an apology out of President Barack Obama during the interview that aired on NBC’s “Nightly News” on Thursday night.
Obama apologized for some of the unforeseen problems with the Obamacare rollout, including millions of Americans losing their healthcare plans despite his repeated promises to the contrary.
“I thought it was going to happen right off the top,” Todd said. “So I was surprised that it didn’t come until the second or, I think it was my second question, the first follow up. But you know, who knows how he thought about it, about how it should come out, how it should look? So, but I will admit, I thought it was going to come right off the top.”
Later in the interview, Todd acknowledged this was a problem for the president based on the various polls.
“I think it was interesting — I look at our last NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, and there are others out, and I looked at ours last week, and he hit a record low,” Todd said. “I mean, I think it’s clear he’s got an issue. I’ve talked to some of his closest outside advisors who think that he has a confidence issue right now with the public. And in particular, it was this promise, this, you know, if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. And is this, you know, the website was one thing. This was a — this got to the core, this gets to the core of a personal connection the public has with their president.”