News junkies know that it’s not always what is reported that is noteworthy. Sometimes what isn’t shown is more important.
Case in point, Obama’s 60 Minutes interview last Sunday. What they didn’t include in their segment was what Obama said about himself. That was left on the cutting room floor.
Steve Kroft asked him what he would “consider your major accomplishments? What have you accomplished?”
Obama replied, “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 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.”
Yes, the current resident of the White House considers himself on the level of F.D.R. and Lincoln. I guess what George Washington did in his first years doesn’t measure up to Barry’s level of competence. Reagan? I guess his years of prosperity and curbing the power of the Soviet Union was slackard, too.
Johnson? Really? How’s that War on Poverty done? I believe we are in the same state or worse than when he began pouring money down that rat hole.
Evidently CBS News still has a few vestiges of decency left them to ax this part of the interview. Even they couldn’t swallow this pant load.