President Barack Obama doesn’t begrudge his opponent Mitt Romney for his continuous and ruthless attacks on the incumbent for his less-than-immediate economic turnaround. According to Obama, if he were Romney, he’d be hammering those issues too, reports Newser.
President Obama admitted in a CBS interview Sunday that Romney’s attacks on the economy make perfect sense. If roles were reversed, that’s exactly where the sitting-president would be hammering an incumbent Romney. “That is his argument, and you don’t hear me complaining about him making that argument, because if I was in his shoes I would be making the same argument,” the president admitted.
Obama admitted that the coming election would focus primarily on jobs and the economy. Issues like unemployment and job creation are at the forefront of many an American mind. “The most important issue we face as a country is how do we build an economy where the middle class is strong and growing, and those who are willing to work hard can fight their way into the middle class,” Obama said, though he was careful to note that “the components that we put in place have made a difference,” meaning that though Romney is going to hit him on the economy, he’s going to bite back.
“I think the question right now for the American people is which vision, mine or Mr. Romney’s, is most likely to deliver for those folks. Because that is where the majority of American people live. Because the middle class has been and is in a terrible place and losing ground in terms of their history,” Obama said.
Obama also admitted that his seeming lack of enthusiasm now compared to his 2008 campaign has stemmed from some disillusionment on Capitol Hill. “If you ask me what is the one thing that has frustrated me most over the last four years, it is not the hard work, it is not, you know, enormity of the decisions, it is not the pace. It is that I haven’t been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington to reflect the decency and common sense of ordinary people,” Obama said, concluding, “I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town, politics trumps problem-solving.”