On July 15, 1979, after an abysmal time leading the nation, Jimmy Carter, worst President of the United States except for James Buchanan and the present incumbent, gave a speech in which he blamed the ills of the land on the American people. The problems certainly could not be due to him and his wretched policies, they had to be the fault of everyone else. The speech became known as the spiritual malaise speech, although Carter did not use the term malaise.
Reagan, the most successful post-war President, who decisively defeated Carter in 1980, just before the end of his two terms in office had a somewhat different outlook on the American people:
Incompetent presidents blame the American people for the mistakes of the president, great presidents lead us in overcoming our problems. Obama has demonstrated since his first day in office in which category of president he should be placed. Expect more blaming of the American people from our Excuse Maker in Chief as his administration draws ever closer to simply being a very bad memory.