The president took time out of his busy campaign schedule to do some more campaigning yesterday in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer. In this wide ranging, hard hitting examination of why Obama is just so gosh darned wonderful, the intrepid journalist asked the question we’ve all been waiting for: what will Obama do during a possible second term to address the nation’s massive unemployment and crushing debt. Naw… I’m just kidding. She really asked how much he wants to win in November.
“Badly,” the president said, “because I think the country needs it.”
“Whoever wins the Republican primary is going to be a standard bearer for a vision of the country that I don’t think reflects who we are,” Obama said.
“I’m going to fight as hard as I can with every fiber of my being to make sure that we continue on a path that I think will restore the American dream,” he said.
You can watch the full video here, and for once I would suggest you actually do so, if only for the entertainment value. As the conversation continues, Obama seeks to rebut some of the criticism he’s been receiving from the GOP candidates. In particular, he tries to push back at Newt for his comments about being “the food stamp president.”
“First of all, I don’t put people on food stamps,” Obama said. “People become eligible for food stamps.”
So… OK then! Though the first thought that went through my head was, “I don’t evict people from their homes. People become eligible to spend more time outdoors.”
The bonus footage comes from a second bite at the apple. In this portion, Barack Obama delivers a rather stunning moment of candid self assessment.
“I second-guess constantly… I make a mistake, you know, every hour, every day,” he told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, laughing. “There’re always things that you’re learning in the job. And I have no doubt that I’m a better president now than the day I took office just because you get more experience.
I’m not sure, but in his quest to end the partisan divide in this country, we may have finally hit pay dirt. At last.. .something we can all agree on. Consensus!