Does Obama think he's the 4th best president?
Tue, 20 Dec 2011 17:35:56 GMT —
Political writers are enraged with CBS' 60 Minutes for omitting a segment of their Obama interview in which the president speaks very highly of his endeavors.
"The issue here is not going 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 TMve gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we TMve got a lot more work to do." Obama told correspondent Steve Kroft.
The unaired statement (start at :19 in video above) was published later on the web on "60 Minutes Overtime," much to the chagrin of conservative political writers.
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your Obama," wrote a contributor for News Busters, a self-proclaimed exposer of liberal media bias. "That's because in his not so humble opinion, he ranks even higher than John F. Kennedy. Don't feel so bad, President Kennedy. Obama also feels that his administration is better than that of Presidents Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan to name a few."
The article went on to say Obama's "laughable claim" was the highlight of the entire interview, which remained mum about many issues including Solyndra and Fast and Furious. The executive director of 60 Minutes told POLITICO they do not discuss their editorial process.
Do you think Obama tops the list of presidents? Was his statement taken out of context? Was 60 Minutes wrong to edit it out? Weigh in below.
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