Obama: What I Got Wrong

Says he forgot 'leadership isn't just legislation'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2010 12:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – In his first post-midterm interview, President Obama offers an analysis of missteps over the past two years, one that echoes his day-after press conference. "We were so busy and so focused” that we forgot “leadership isn’t just legislation,” he tells 60 Minutes. It’s also “a matter of persuading people. And giving them confidence and bringing them together. And setting a tone. And making an argument that people can understand.”

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“I think that we haven’t always been successful at that,” Obama adds, saying he takes “personal responsibility" for the lapse. "It's something that I've got to examine carefully as I go forward. You know, now I will say that when it comes to some of my supporters, some of my Democratic supporters who express some frustration." The full CBS interview airs Sunday.
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