‘Never Know What I Might Say’

President tells Business Roundtable his team gets 'nervous' when he speaks 'on (his) own'


President Barack Obama said his team gets “nervous” when he speaks off the cuff in remarks Wednesday to the Business Roundtable.

“Originally, my team had prepared some remarks,” Obama began, explaining why he abbreviated his remarks. “They always get nervous when I’m out there on my own–never know what I might say.”

The president has had more than one less than ideal showing when speaking beyond prepared remarks this year, noting, “You can’t change Washington from the inside” at a Univision forum, and most infamously, telling supporters, “If you’ve got a business, you did not build that–somebody else made that happen.”