Friday, September 26, 2014

Obama on 60 Minutes

At PJMedia's The Tatler, Bryan Preston has this:

Obama to Appear on 60 Minutes Sunday

And Preston asks:

Will Steve Kroft ask tough questions, or give Obama a pass on everything again?

Preston is referring to a 2013 interview Kroft conducted with President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - in which the tough questions, especially around Benghazi, went unasked.

However, Kroft interviewing Obama has a history at this blog. In October of 2012, just before Obama's first election, Kroft interviewed then candidate Obama.

Here's the post I wrote at the time, in which we have this quote from the interview:

KROFT (voice-over): This week, during the biggest economic meltdown since the Great Depression, the candidates were forced to stop playing politics and to start talking about some of the major issues in this campaign. And 60 MINUTES was with both of them.

(on camera): Why do you think you’d be a good president?

OBAMA: Well, I think that when you think about the challenges we face, these are challenges that require us to look forward and not backwards.


KROFT: Why you? I mean, why do you think you would be a good president?

OBAMA: Well, I was going to get to that.

KROFT: Go ahead.

OBAMA: You know, I’m a, I’m a practical person. One of the things I’m good at is getting people in a room with a bunch of different ideas who sometimes violently disagree with each other and finding common ground and a sense of common direction.

Give Obama credit - he said that being good at getting people who disagree to come together was what would make him a good president. He has been horrible at it - he has been as divisive a president as any before him.

Obama has likewise been a horrible president.

Actually, in a way Obama has brought people together who sometimes violently disagree with each other. People on both sides of the political and ideological aisle agree Obama has been a horrible president.

So there's that.

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