Obama Admits Defeat: "I lost the PR battle"
President Obama is chalking up some of the biggest defeats of his presidency to the fact he lost to Republicans in the fight for public opinion.
“Part of the job description is also shaping public opinion,” Obama said in an interview that aired Thursday on CBS News. “And there were times during my presidency where I lost the PR battle.”
The president told “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft that that’s one major reason his last Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, never received a hearing or a confirmation vote.
“I was very effective in shaping public opinion around my campaigns,” he said. “But there were big stretches, while governing, where even though we were doing the right thing, we weren't able to mobilize public opinion firmly enough behind us to weaken the resolve of the Republicans to stop opposing us or to cooperate with us.”