It seems to me that in the following Obama admits that he lied for votes in the primaries, and that it's okay, because as he notes, politicians always do that.
If he's just doing what politicians do, then how exactly is he changing anything?
Mr Obama recently hinted to Fortune magazine that his strong anti-free trade rhetoric during the primaries may not be reflected in his actual trade policy should he become president.
His remarks are a neat summation of the pressures and temptations that lead politicians to shift their positions during the process of running for office.
"Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified," he said.
"Politicians are always guilty of that, and I don't exempt myself."