Our POTUS believes that he deserves a Part 2 to his presidency of the United States of America:
President Barack Obama said Sunday that he deserves another four years in the White House, even though the economy has been shaky throughout his time in office. “I deserve a second term, but we’re not done,” Obama said during a pre-Super Bowl interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, who noted that Obama had told him in a 2009 interview that if the economy was still recovering in 2012, he would be a one-term president.
“When you and I sat down [then], we were losing 750,000 jobs a month,” Obama said. “Now we’re creating 250,000. We’ve created 3.7 million jobs over the last 23 months. We’ve created the most jobs since 2005, the most manufacturing jobs since 1990. But we’re not finished.” The president said he needs another term to do more to boost American manufacturing, energy and job training. Echoing the theme of his State of the Union address last month, he said he also needs more time to ensure the country’s “return to old-fashioned American values,” referring to what has become his mantra about economic and social fairness.
“That means, for example, regulations to make sure that Wall Street is following the same rules that Main Street’s doing,” the president said. “But we’ve made progress. And the key right now is to make sure we don’t start turning in a new direction that could throw that progress off.”
On the foreign policy front, Obama dodged a question about whether he would support Israel striking at Iran’s nuclear sites, something that Israel has signaled it may be preparing for.
“I think they, like us, believe that Iran has to stand down on its nuclear weapons program,” he said. “[Iran is] feeling the pressure, but they have not taken the step that they need to diplomatically, which is to say, ‘We will pursue peaceful nuclear power. We will not pursue a nuclear weapon.’ Until they do, I think Israel rightly is going to be very concerned and we are as well.”
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