Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Obama on Obama on ABC News

President Obama provided a little taste of the tone he'll take in the SOTU Monday night in his exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC News.

The headline grabbing comment: "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president," Obama said.

But later in the interview, Obama signaled he would take some responsibility for the breakdown of the health care debate.  And that he would dish some to Congress too.

"I think the healthcare debate as it unfolded legitimately raised concerns not just among my opponents, but also amongst reporters that we just don't know what's going on," and that some "stray cats" got in the bill, he said.

But the president insisted "I didn't make a bunch of deals… I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked."

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