Arianna appeared on MSNBC's "Countdown" Friday night to discuss the disconnect between the Obama administration's record, its perception of that record, and the public's perception thereof.
Part of the problem, she told host Keith Olbermann, lies with President Barack Obama's failure both to effectively communicate his accomplishments and to learn from his mistakes -- to recognize, for example, that the stimulus needed to be larger, or to acknowledge the errors of senior advisers like National Economic Council Director Larry Summers.
"What is worse for me, Keith, is that he still doesn't seem to realize that that's what happened. He was on Jon Stewart a couple of nights ago, and he actually said ... 'heckuva job' to refer to Larry Summers," Arianna said. "And Larry Summers, of course, was responsible for painting a very different picture of the economy than the one that's unfolding right now."