by Yuval Levin
As John Hinderaker notes today, in his recent 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft (in a portion that CBS chose not to air but made available on its website) President Obama said:
The issue here is not going be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, F.D.R., and Lincoln — just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we’ve got a lot more work to do.
So much of what there is to know about the president is contained in that little statement, especially the words “with the possible exceptions.”
And of course, Republicans would actually love it if he ran on his record of accomplishments in his first two years, since those accomplishments are uniformly (and increasingly) unpopular.