60 Minutes: Obama believes he’s improved, could win third term

Image via screenshot.

Image via screenshot.

President Barack Obama sat down for a 60 Minutes interview Sunday night. The interview had a focus on Obama’s presidency winding down. And that’s also what’s getting a bulk of the attention.

In an unaired clip, Obama discusses what he believes is an improved job performance with interviewer Steve Kroft:

The nice thing about being a veteran in anything is your fear kind of goes away. There’s no doubt I’m better at this job now than I was when I started.

In a part of the interview which did air, Kroft asked Obama if how he feels about not being able to run again:

President Barack Obama: You know, it’s interesting. I– you go into your last year and I think it’s bittersweet. On the one hand, I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished and it makes me think, I’d love to do some more. But by the time I’m finished, I think it will be time for me to go. Because there’s a reason why we considered George Washington one of our greatest presidents. He set a precedent, saying that when you occupy this seat, it is an extraordinary privilege, but the way our democracy is designed, no one person is indispensable. And ultimately you are a citizen. And once you finish with your service, you go back to being a citizen. And I– and I think that– I think having a fresh set of legs in this seat, I think having a fresh perspective, new personnel and new ideas and a new conversation with the American people about issues that may be different a year from now than they were when I started eight years ago, I think that’s all good for our democracy. I think it’s healthy.

Of course it’s not merely about “a fresh perspective, new personnel and new ideas and a new conversation with the American people…” George Washington set a precedent to only serve two terms, but the Constitution has prohibited more than that since 1951.

If he were able to run again though, Obama does think he would get re-elected:

Steve Kroft: Do you think if you ran again, could run again, and did run again, you would be elected?

President Barack Obama: Yes.

Steve Kroft: You do.

President Barack Obama: I do.

Many Americans have been disapproving of the president’s job performance, however. It’s also worth noting that a Quinnipiac poll from July 2014 ranked him as the worst post-World War II president. Even more telling is how the results also showed that a plurality believed that the country would be better off under Mitt Romney.

Obama may be confident in his abilities, but he’s certainly more so than the American people are.


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