President Obama interviewed by Dateline’s Lester Holt

President Obama on Dateline NBC, “Barack Obama: The Reality of Hope”, 1/13/2017:

If you had told me at the beginning of my presidency, the day after in fact of my winning the presidency, that eight years later the economy would be stabilized, we would cut unemployment in half from its peak, that the stock market would have recovered, that incomes last year went up for everybody, of every age group, every racial group, every demographic, if you told me we’d provide twenty million people with health insurance that didn’t have it before, that we would see this explosion in clean energy and cut down our carbon emissions, that high school graduation rates were up at an all time high, I would have said alright, we did okay.

Couldn’t agree more. I didn’t vote for the guy, but I tend to use the test so well-expressed by President Reagan: “are you better off than you were four [or eight] years ago?” I can’t speak for anyone else, but the answer for me and my family, and clearly for the country as a whole, is a resounding “yes.” Our country, today, is better off—by almost any measure—than it was in January 2009.

By the way, I’d add to the list the taking out of Osama Bin Laden—something Bush had the opportunity, but not the will, apparently, to do in August 2007.

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