America's Fourth Best President?
Barack Obama offers candid assessment of his presidency
- Duration 9:52
- Date Dec 19, 2011
Barack Obama offers candid assessment of his presidency
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Our top story tonight president Obama's eke out.
Yes he thinks a lot about his accomplishments going as far as saying he is basically the fourth president past president of all time -- -- I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments.
In our first two years against any president.
Would the possible exceptions of Johnson FDR and Lincoln but.
If you know just in terms of what we've gotten done in modern history.
-- -- -- later in the program missed hitting a hot.
But it certainly gave -- very mean spirited person look this guy is amazingly.
Why is he comparing himself to president.
We should be you still -- bigger than that he should be focusing on Greek gods like Neptune or Apollo or Mars boost its -- even out I think that.
-- -- -- to compare himself to mere mortal this crazy especially with his handicap.
I mean I don't Egypt they had not had that many birdies mean seriously how can it that the golf jump OK great thank you -- data Bob and what did they.
And I think I think -- asked him as a sitting president when you're asked to compare yourself to others or to give yourself a grade I think that that there's only one good answer.
And that is that history will have to decide.
And I'm gonna stay focused on what I'm doing what is -- about one of the things he's talking on his legislative accomplishments but notice he does he's not running on his record.
With his signature achievement being his Health Care Reform plan.
Which could possibly be overturned by the Supreme Court in March in which case he wouldn't be the most accomplished legislative president of all time.
-- -- -- Yes so here's what he city's fourth best of all time which means he would be any.
Better than George Washington Thomas Jefferson theater Roosevelt Harry Truman and Ronald and George Bush and George Bush.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- He just already you know maybe have a carve out on mount Rushmore for himself by now but -- -- seriously did not give us all austerity.
He should be scared that if you don't let your kids like it should be on the -- but yet.
I don't know -- tiller should they've got to be on the Jersey Shore right in front your outlook.
Singaporean that you all and they -- you all bash tonight -- said here because of course -- we and is -- the selectively he did not.
Say on another network that's president's when he said -- is legislated foreign policy problems.
It's stacked up against is that the president -- -- right in -- -- and -- that -- Supreme Court overturns his health care review.
Oh wait no -- let -- hang whatsoever packed LLI a sound they sound on tape where they took his words to you go look at -- -- -- is words that's -- not again mother.
Can't possibly be that the Supreme Court if they vote and to live the strike down -- -- -- care.
That there illegitimate but if they uphold than merit like the best institution you haven't beltway know -- all -- -- is one way which is different than what it was -- version bush which was -- 54 decision.
This will be the the secret conservative.
Appellate courts voted in favor of Obama.
This just the Supreme Court -- if they don't it.
It's pure policy of what happens if they -- -- -- gonna say this diminishes his legislative accomplishment no not at all famously -- that you got a heck Supreme Court has given the Republican congress give back and get this thing does.
As my point is that if it goes your way and it's going to be great and if it doesn't it'll be illegitimate just like in bush V gore.
Well that was diligent believing that aside I don't wanna say we've got your -- -- it after that.
Back up after they strike it down will be prepared to play this back and that -- Bob without -- interesting -- has sixty minutes didn't play that in the original piece aired last Sunday.
This was something that when they aired -- entire interview.
Online and it's just so happened that somebody happens.
And spend the time I want to -- -- and and they called -- -- and -- and it's not only -- the words.
It's the -- and I think that gets to what you are saying.
-- if we're used to think if you look at the list of accomplishments okay.
Saving this country from a Great Depression unproven saving the auto industry unproven putting a system to lower health care costs unproven making student loans more affordable is that a good thing bad bad bad bad.
The only thing that's all it's -- that they voted.
He's decimating al-Qaeda but you can't compare that to get the four presidents to get it to have al-Qaeda and you don't you -- that thriller about a -- -- flunked out of college but a lot of people the needed to go to.
-- usually points on the out if yes did he ran through those that things you just pointed out Bob so.
But having Greg but but the -- not a -- above saying.
While -- -- only on on his latest legislative achievements well no he's talking about saving the country from the great depression and the auto industry he did neither.
He had nothing to do it was he easy to bail out auto industry and not all I -- gotten rolling they decimate our -- Only -- -- what he how he did not yeah.
It added that went.
Sixty minutes sort of missed that it is such a big statement that he really was do you think they would have put up if they thought -- he was -- -- -- -- -- -- I am very embarrassed I think that they -- so wasn't news to them it didn't strike them as something.
-- -- 6060 ministers yeah I mean that paneling and saying your fourth you should be number one but the problem is they've built -- -- to the point reacted well I I think.
Do you think sixty visited their editorial decision based of the fact they love the guy that I'm saying that it really happening -- -- I can't I got to be -- -- I it is something that -- around.
Titus lighting that -- -- that their product I mean that it was.
Also part of the problem isn't mainstream media built him not to the point where he actually believe is all of that you haven't mentioned at this stage.
That -- MMG this -- and I was -- Then yeah.
Try and save the country from a great depression and I save the auto industry any I did the other let's put it out there I'm.
-- accomplishments what else do you do as president -- what else would he be talking about in his presidency war record and it -- sure that he believed that then.
What does he really think that the stimulus bill is going to turn out to be one of his best legislative achievements when he can't even run on lower -- -- can work.
Google provided beer summit none of those presidents had a beer -- right.
He has a little stats man I know -- -- had a -- -- aren't out of my camera you guys gonna rue the day you sell the stuff that's all right I can't.
You can go to cut and paste the way you do this cake cut.
Think you bunch of -- to present it as well let's do it again Kimberly lets see I think the talk about -- -- steer that hot Eric Holder.
To be head of the injustice department -- tells the New York -- -- that he's taking hits from -- because we're both African American and so is holder using the race -- bank.
What is the deal he introduced -- and it didn't hit his personal relationship with American to be getting when you say we were too.
Cowardly to deal with race so he started this conversation that he's never been able to -- to break free from.
Race is -- look over there are style argument.
Rather than having to face somebody's weakness or intellectual weakness or intellectual argument saying look there's racism.
Excuse as you.
Your opponent whether it's -- or otherwise has to spend his time defending heading charges of racism rather than arguing with you about the salient points really.
-- is I -- adults attorneys general of all time was Alberto Gonzales the what.
Embattled attorney about the idea -- he was attacked from everywhere and he didn't never said it was because he was Hispanic.
Well that's that's joke.
It packages find that on -- Eric Eric Holder said viewers first of all he said there were certain elements on the far right right races which is true but who are they don't tell policy all -- up.
You raise your loving but -- -- -- and they accuse somebody racism let's say their main back after they have their names well I can tell you I don't know the guy's name but -- -- that the Tea Party rallies were down Arizona got elements within that wakes up.
Stopping you don't know they expect more of a -- with a gun -- and -- what I must admit that may have been.
Liberal and I'm gonna bring -- all eyes -- wall sought to further -- writer -- is exactly right.
You guys -- if you don't leave his racial -- not.
Out of it it -- that it raises -- little late this prosperous state I don't think they can get called racist over -- -- this if you wanna cherry picked stories Cisco Occupy Wall Street you want.
A -- wow.
And it looked at your son didn't cut -- yeah well no I did not that the Vietnamese hastening Bob why does it have to be about races and what about the -- that he is not done a good job good so ever.
As head of the Justice Department and in fact classic 75 members of congress co sponsored a house resolution expressing no confidence.
Not man had to try to -- all over the same people that stop the payroll tax cut.
After their own leader agreed to at today and now we're back doing this because -- -- people don't know any better and not Smart enough to figured out but leave that aside.
That put all the shows at the very edge of his statement it was a minor part of the statement and of course we make of the -- -- the.
I don't take some illustrates -- he is he was the guy the began the conversation on race he could be art -- -- where we rarely -- he -- -- serious this is about race but here's a guy who's suing Arizona cracks for four a law that Arizona -- Past that didn't close the borders number one number two -- handed over 2000 guns to Mexican.
Drug cartels they laundered money for the cartels -- were -- really yeah because they're profiling people which is racist well let's see what the US that's a race are admitted lying face is the.
That's as they've agreed to hear that and Obama care I can't wait because I I -- -- not -- go either again it's going to be wonderful I applaud by -- for -- catch -- I haven't died as a respite but we've got tape and met talking about the -- get things in Obama care and Watson is chant for us up.
Think it's funny farm raised all that and that's -- on the right now.
Also don't forget if I had I had at Bob you've got competent constant in the --