In that “60 Minutes” interview where President Obama made the mistake of answering a question about his accomplishments and asking that his first two years be stacked against that of other presidents at comparable points in their terms — the horror — Steve Kroft asked, “Why do you think you deserve to be reelected?”
Get a load of his entire response with the key, strikingly personal passages in bold.
KROFT: You definitely have some impressive accomplishments.
OBAMA: Thank you, Steve.
KROFT: No, you do. And more than a lot of presidents who manage to get reelected. My question is, is it enough? Why do you think you deserve to be reelected?
OBAMA: I think under some extraordinary circumstances, we not only saved the country from a potential disaster — not only did we manage our national security at a time where there were severe threats and two wars going on, in a way that has made America stronger and more respected and put us in a better strategic position around the world and almost decimated our number one enemy, which is al Qaeda — but what I’ve also been able to do is to, in very practical ways, put in place a series of steps that will allow middle-class families and those trying to get in the middle class to take back some of what they've lost over the last couple of years. Now, we’re not there yet, but what I can say unequivocally is that everything I’ve done, every single day, and everything I will do as long as I’m in this office is designed to make sure that every kid in America has the same opportunities that I had.
Because I didn’t come from privilege. I’ve said before and I mean this — this is the only country on Earth where my story is possible. And if I, as the child of a single mom, raised by a couple of grandparents — one of whom would never have got more than a high school degree, the other of whom got some college because of the G.I. Bill — was able to succeed. And my wife, who was the daughter of a blue-collar worker and a secretary was able to become First Lady of the United States.
I want to make sure that that continues to be true for every child born in this country. And I don’t think there’s gonna be anybody out there who feels that more passionately or more personally, and who’s gonna fight harder for those families, because they’re my family. And they’re my family’s family. And they’re Michelle’s family. And ultimately, I think that the American people, as frustrated as they are, are gonna say to themselves, “You know what? This guy’s on our side. He’s fighting for us.” Because I am.
Quite a powerful answer from a man who many perceive to be aloof, cold and apart from and unmoved by the lives and struggles of the American people.