Obama: Only Johnson, FDR, Lincoln May Have Accomplished More (Possibly)

December 14, 2011 - 5:19 PM

In an interview on “60 Minutes,” Pres. Obama claimed his accomplishments have rivaled that of any president, except – possibly – those of Johnson, FDR and Lincoln.

On the Dec. 11, 2011 edition of “60 Minutes,” Steve Kroft asked Obama, “What have you accomplished?”

Here’s what Obama took credit for accomplishing:

  • “Saving this country from a great depression.”
  • “Saving the auto industry.”
  • “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.”

But, Obama didn’t stop there.

In light of these achievements, Obama went on to rate his presidency among the top four, with the possible exceptions of Johnson (really?), FDR (of course), and Lincoln (a Republican):

“The issue here 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.”

Note that Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln are merely “possible” exceptions.

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