During his ’60 Minutes’ interview last week with Steve Croft, President Obama claims he would rank himself fourth among Presidents based on their accomplishments. President Obama puts himself just behind President Lyndon Johnson, President Franklin Roosevelt, and President Lincoln. This part of the interview didn’t make it on the TV show, but can only be found on the whole interview from ’60 Minutes Overtime’ online. He starts this bluster and chutzpah at about the 55 minute mark. His supporters have claimed this is taken out of context so I have the whole question and answer here;
KROFT: 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.
President Obama has a high opinion of himself despite his poor poll showings. What’s more unfolding in this event is the fact that ’60 Minutes’ failed to believe this part was important enough for the whole country to see. This is just another example of the main stream media doing what ever they can to prop up this failed President, and not show him saying some really narcissistic stuff.