Obama for the Umpteenth Time: I’m The First President In Modern History To Not Have Had A Scandal
KROFT: “You didn’t change Washington.”
OBAMA: “You know, I changed those things in my direct control. I mean, look, I’m proud of the fact that with two weeks to go, we’re part of the first administration in modern American history that hasn’t had a major scandal in the White House. In that sense we changed some things. You know I would have liked to have that last Supreme Court justice in there. I’d like the Supreme Court to take a look —“
KROFT: “You couldn’t even get a hearing.”
OBAMA: “But we couldn’t even get a hearing. Trying to get the other side of the aisle to work with us on issues, in some cases that they professed originally an interest in. And then saying to them, ‘Hold on a second, you guys used to say this was a good idea,’ now just because I’m supporting it you can’t change your mind. But they did.
“And what that did, I think, make me appreciate — and I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating because this is on me — part of the job description is shaping public opinion. You know, We were very effective, and I was very effective, in shaping public opinion around my campaigns. 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. And there were times during my presidency where I lost the PR battle.”