Obama believes he accomplished more in his first two years than any president except Lincoln, LBJ, and FDRPosted: December 17, 2011
Well he certainly tops most presidents in terms of positive self-regard. I found this story on the right wing blog News Busters (via Memeorandum), and at first I wondered if it was legit. Did Obama really say that?
STEVE KROFT (60 Minutes): Tell me, what do you consider your major accomplishments? If this is your last speech. What have you accomplished?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, we’re not done yet. I’ve got five more years of stuff to do. But not only saving this country from a great depression. Not only saving the auto industry. But putting in place a system in which we’re gonna start lowering health care costs and you’re never gonna go bankrupt because you get sick or somebody in your family gets sick. Making sure that we have reformed the financial system, so we never again have taxpayer-funded bailouts, and the system is more stable and secure. Making sure that we’ve got millions of kids out here who are able to go to college because we’ve expanded student loans and made college more affordable. Ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Decimating al Qaeda, including Bin Laden being taken off the field. Restoring America’s respect around the world.
The issue here is not gonna be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we’ve got a lot more work to do. And we’re gonna keep on at it.
Here’s my list of accomplishments:
Defending CIA torturers
Defending Bush and Cheney
Continuing the Patriot Act
Watering down the financial reform bill
Preventing prosecution of banksters
Extending the Bush tax cuts
Preventing single payer health care and public option
Assassinating American citizens on foreign soil
Ensuring the ability to indefinitely detail American citizens on U.S. soil
Ramping up Afghanistan war
I’m sure there’s lot’s more. Can you think of any more accomplishments?