What CBS left on the cutting room floor in Obama '60 Minutes' interview


KROFT: Tell me, what do you consider your major accomplishments? If this is your last speech. What have you accomplished?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, we're not done yet. 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 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.

Comment: Commentator's view (which I share): "But to be so egotistical to compare yourself to Abe Lincoln is to take flight from reality. CBS probably realized this which is why they strategically cut the remarks from their final edit of the interview"


  1. More on: Blogs bash Obama's historic claim:

    NewsBusters pounced on the comments with a story under the headline: “60 Minutes broadcast edits out laughable Obama claim as 4th best president.”

    “Eh! No big deal. Barack Obama is better…at least in his own mind. Such was the laughably absurd claim of President Obama on 60 Minutes last Sunday. What? You didn’t see it? That was because 60 Minutes conveniently left it out of its broadcast,” P.J. Gladnick wrote.

    He continued, “So kneel, all you presidential peons, before the greatness that is Obama. His radiance shines so bright that it dazzled Steve Kroft to the extent that he didn’t even bother to ask an obvious follow-up question.”

    Big Journalism headlined its story: “Selective Editing: CBS News Omits Embarrassing Obama Boast from TV Interview.”

    And the Blaze’s Madeleine Morgenstern also berated the president’s remarks, writing that he “essentially declared himself the fourth best president in terms of his accomplishments.”

    While the president didn’t quite go that far, Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft also joined the tune of the other bloggers on Monday.

    “You have got to be kidding. … After destroying the American economy, tripling the national deficit, blowing a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus plan and nearly doubling the unemployment rate, Barack Obama told “60 Minutes” last week that he considered himself the 4th best president in US history. Unbelievable. (Is this guy out to lunch or what?),” Hoft wrote.

    Scott Paulson, the Examiner’s “conservative examiner,” concluded that Obama has “a much higher opinion of his accomplishments than most Americans have of him.”

  2. The multipronged attack on Judeo-Christian leanings seems to reaching a
    crescendo under the president whose parents hated what America stood for. I commend Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan and Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph McFadden for taking Obama and his agencies to task for trying to take over minds of your children and moral compass of our churches and synagogues.
    However, our freedoms are GOD given. Begging King Obama for an exemption here and there only empowers him and inflates his narcissistic ego. He and his supporters need to be voted out of office regardless of the smoke screens the mainstream press lays down for them.

    When you catch a thief in your home, you don't allow him to just give you back some of the stuff he's stolen. Obama lied to us when he said he was against mandatory health insurance to get the nomination. To give Obama 4 more years to complete his "mission" of economic ,moral and constitutional decay is insane! I want all of my rights back from King Obama, not just some crumbs.
    ABO! Anyone but Obama!


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