President Barack Obama has done a number of interviews for CBS’s "60 Minutes," and in his latest one last Sunday, it appears the show edited a remark by Obama in which he basically declares himself one of the greatest presidents in American history.
According to the Blaze, Obama told Steve Kroft of the program, “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 —in terms of what we’ve gotten done.”
The statement was discovered in CBS's full video of the interview on "60 Minutes Overtime."
Obama also told Kroft that the GOP was remaining on the sidelines and letting the economy suffer so they could blame him. According to News One, Obama said, “When I came into office in 2008, it was my firm belief that there was no reason why Democrats and Republicans couldn’t put some of the old ideological baggage aside and focus on common sense and practical solutions to the tough problems we were facing.”
According to The State, Obama admitted that voter unhappiness with his policies may hurt him in November, but he wanted to discuss the economy with them. Obama says his administration will stay committed to creating jobs and lowering unemployment.
When Kroft asked Obama about the lack of criminal prosecutions of some on Wall Street, the President responded, “I can’t, as President, comment on decisions about particular prosecutions. That’s the job of the Justice Department, and we keep those separate so that there’s no political influence on decisions made by professional prosecutors.”
Salon reported the findings of a recent poll that showed 42 percent of Americans believe Obama's policies most favor Wall Street rather than average Americans.