Obama – “I deserve a second term”
President Barack Obama said on Sunday he deserves to be re-elected despite having said three years ago that he’d be a one-term president if he didn’t turn the economy around.
â€œI deserve a second term, but weâ€™re not done,” Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer in an interview broadcast before the Super Bowl game. Obama listed his administration’s economic achievements but said they weren’t finished.
“Weâ€™ve made progress, and the key right now is just, make sure that we donâ€™t start turning in a new direction, that could throw that progress off,” Obama said.
Obama’s handling of the economy, which has seen a sluggish recovery since the 2007-2009 recession, is likely to be the top issue in the November 6 presidential election.
In the NBC interview, Obama also talked about the rising tension between Iran and Israel over Tehran’s nuclear program. (He wants a diplomatic fix.)
On a lighter topic of the day, Obama declined to pick a winner in the NFL Championship, saying he couldn’t call it and predicting that it would be a tough game. (The Giants won.)
Here’s the a clip of the interview, courtesy of of NBC Sports.
The “second-term” discussion begins at 4:01