OOPSIE: President Obama Tries to Defend His Presidency on ‘60 Minutes

(The Blaze/AP) With rivals to challenge him in 2012 berating his performance on a daily basis, President Barack Obama made the case for his re-election Sunday, arguing that it doesn’t matter who the Republicans nominate to run against him because the core philosophy of the GOP candidates is the same and will stand in sharp relief with his own.

I Didn’t Over Promise

And I didn’t underestimate how tough this was going to be,” Obama told CBS’s Steve Kroft during a 60 Minutes interview filmed during two sit-downs over the last week, one in Washington and one from Osawatomie Kansas. POLITICO notes the President’s remarks that aired Sunday:

“The Vision he Offered in 2008 was something he ‘Always Believed … was a long-term project,’ Obama told Kroft. ‘Reversing a Culture here in Washington, Dominated by Special Interests, it was going to take more than a year, it was going to take more than two years. It was going to take more than One Term.’

Lets Fact Check this Shall We:

He also acknowledged something he’s rarely said, that it ‘probably takes more than one president’ to affect the kind of change he speaks about, but he, nonetheless, intends to keep fighting for it.

‘I’m a persistent son of a gun. I just stay at it. And I’m just going to keep on staying at it, as long as I’m in this office. And we’re going to get it right. And America will succeed. I am absolutely confident about that.’”

The president tried to write the narrative of how he is different from Republicans, stating that if Voters believe in the GOP Agenda of Lower Taxes, including for the Wealthy, and Weaker Regulations then he Will Lose.

 However, Obama doesn‘t think that’s where the American people are going to go, “because I don‘t think the American people believe that based on what they’ve seen before, that’s going to work.”

Obama argued that the two Republicans currently leading in the polls, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, represent the same fundamental set of beliefs.

“The contrast in Visions between where I want to take the Country and what … where they say they want to take the Country is going to be Stark,” he said. “And the American people are going to have a good choice and it’s going to be a good debate.”

He rejected questioner Steve Kroft’s suggestion that the public was judging him on his performance as president. “I’m being judged against the ideal,” he said. “Joe Biden has a good expression. He says, `Don’t judge me against the Almighty, judge me against the alternative.’”

Obama predicted the fight to the Republican nomination won’t be resolved quickly. “I think that they will be going at it for a while,” he said.

He described both of the top GOP candidates, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, as Political Fixtures.

Of Gingrich he said: “He‘s somebody who’s been around a long time, and is good on TV, is good in Debates.”

English: Newt Gingrich at a political conferen...“But Mitt Romney has shown himself to be somebody who’s … who’s good at politics, as well,” he said. “He’s had a lot of practice at it.”

English: Governor Mitt Romney of MAObama is Counting on Voters giving him Credit for Avoiding a second Great Depression, bailing out the auto industry and passing a Signature Health Care Law even while acknowledging that the Public is Hardly Satisfied with the Direction of the Country.

He also listed such achievements as ending the Pentagon’s policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for gay service members and the elimination of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaida leaders.

“But when it comes to the Economy, we’ve got a Lot More Work to do,” he Conceded.

He rejected Republican criticism that his economic policies amount to Class Warfare, saying he is simply trying to restore an “American deal” that focuses on building a strong middle class.

In a Major Speech in Osawatomie, Kan., this week, Obama argued that even before the recent recession hit, Americans at the top of the income scale grew wealthier while others struggled and racked up debt. He also has called for spending on jobs initiatives and for an extension of a payroll tax cut that would be paid for by Increasing Taxes on Taxpayers who make $1 Million or more.

“There are going to be People who say, `This is the Socialist Obama and he’s come out of the Closet,’” Obama said.

But he added: “The problem is that our politics has gotten to the point, where we can’t have an honest conversation about the greatest income inequality since the 1920s. And we can’t have an honest conversation about the irresponsibility that resulted in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, without somebody saying that somehow we’re being divisive.”



23 responses to “OOPSIE: President Obama Tries to Defend His Presidency on ‘60 Minutes

  1. Good Monday Morning to all my Favorite American Patriots and Friends :D


  2. Freedom, by the way

    For anyone with common sense Obama is laying out all of the reasons not to vote for him. And again, he took the opportunity to blame Republicans in congress for the economy–even though his party had control of both branches of congress and the executive office for two years and couldn’t even pass a budget, in fact added trillions and trillions to our debt.


    • Good Morning Freedom and it is amazing how the Media conveniently over looks the fact that he did have complete control over our Government the first Two Years of his Administration. Believe it or not I actually watched him on 60 Minutes last night. I had a good supply of Barf Bags handy and so I figured, why not watch. I’ll need to buy more Barf Bags today. :(


  3. He said most republicans actually agree with him and his policys, it’s the republican congress to blame.


  4. will his 2012 slogan be “Gold Chains for Votes”?


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  6. Thank you for the link back Gunny G. ;)


  7. If the Ohio primary election were today, I would vote for Gingrich.
    Here’s the reason.
    The Obama machine beat the Clinton machine in the last election.
    The republican establishment inside the beltway are afraid of Gingrich’s nomination on the grounds that he would be a threat to them, one who knows the ropes as to how things are done in Washington.
    This is the same republican establishment that continues to denigrate the Tea Party movement on the grounds that many of them may lose their jobs in 2012.
    We can’t afford to throw a sheep into a pack of wolves this time, there is too much on the table concerning this Country’s future.
    There is no such thing as a ‘perfect candidate’.
    Newt is not by a long shot, but then neither was Winston Churchill.
    Given the times, the British needed a strong leader, and they ignored Churchill’s faults in order to attempt to secure the future of their country.
    His tenacity and intelligence guided them through those horrible times.
    Churchill was also a historian.

    Just something to consider while perusing America’s dilemma.

    I am NOT campaigning for Gingrich, merely speculating on our options.
    Obama is correct in stating that it may take more than 1 president to correct the situation this great Country has found itself in.
    Time is of the essence folks.
    Let’s try to pick one that can accelerate the process toward the recovery.


    • I have got to say AFVET that I agree with you on Gingrich. He would not be my first choice but then again like you said, he is the one who could do the most to further our agenda in Washington. Win lose or draw he really is the best bet of the crop we’ve been handed. Are others more in line with our views? Yes, but could they get the job done? I don’t think so.

      I will be using these sites to Campaign for whoever gets the GOP Nomination.


      • Ronald Reagan was a Democrat at one time, and raised taxes in California.
        People can change.
        With the success of retaining the republican majority in the house and attaining a majority in the senate, we can take this Country back.


  8. Yes we can AFVET, yes we can ;)


  9. If we can get rid of sambo and his cronies – we can get the country back. However, S.1867, currently passed, makes all of the veteran population a potential threat to national security. Consequently, we may all end up in the FEMA concentration camps spread around the country. I still possess enough tactical and logistical knowledge to arrange opportunities for other concerned veterans.


  10. Concerned – I share and acknowledge your concerns but I regret that you referred to any black as sambo. The Republican party is home to many blacks and increasingly they are finding our party is as much blue collar as any party could be. So I think we need to use respectful terms in referring to them. Thanks


  11. Evening Sami. I have been very busy this week but not too busy to note your amazing stats here and on all the other excellent web sites you have “fathered.” You have worked hard at your goal to get out the word and you have succeeded. Bravo. You’re the best.


  12. Sammy and AFVET – I am in agreement with you both on Gingrich. I don’t think that the former member of the Obama Administration would pass muster with the majority of our party. HUNTSMAN


    • Good Morning SamHenry and yep at this point it is looking more and more like Gingrich, however, things can still change so we’ll just have to wait and see.


    • As far as integrity SH, I’ll take Bachmann, Santorum, or Perry.
      The problem is I don’t know if they are ‘dirty enough’ to beat back the Obama Machine.
      Sad isn’t it ?


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