Washington: Strongly defending his record as
US President during the nearly first three years of his tenure, Barack Obama has said he deserves to be re-elected as he has not only revived the nation`s economy, but also secured the country.
"Not only saving this country from a great depression, not
only saving the auto industry, but putting in place a system
in which we are going to start lowering health care costs and
you are never going to go bankrupt because you get sick or
somebody in your family gets sick.
Making sure that we have reformed the financial system so
we never again have taxpayer-funded bailouts and the system is
more stable and secure; ending `don`t ask, don`t tell`;
decimating al-Qaeda, including bin Laden being taken off the
field," Obama said in an an interview to the CBS 60 Minutes
when asked why he thinks he deserves to be re-elected.
"But when it comes to the economy, we`ve got a lot more
work to do. And we`re going to keep on at it," he said.
He defended the steps taken by administration to rescue
the economy, which is experiencing one of its worst phases
since the great depression of the last century.
"It is my job to put forward a vision of the country that
benefits the vast majority of Americans. It is my job to make
sure that my party is behind those initiatives, even if
sometimes it`s breaking some china and going against some of
the dogmas of our party in the past," Obama said.
"We`ve done that on things like education reform. It`s my job to rally the American people around that vision," he said.
The US president said that as long as the unemployment
rate is too high and people are feeling under the gun with
their bills going up and their wages and incomes aren`t, or
they`re out of a job, they`re going to feel unsatisfied.
"If I can`t get Republicans to move, partly because
they`ve made a political, strategic decision that says
anything Obama`s for, we`re against, because that`s our best
chance of winning an election -- but keep in mind, I`m talking
about Republican members of Congress. I`m not talking about
Republicans around the country," Obama said.
Responding to the questions that the economy is not
working, he said there`s not a general perception that the
stimulus didn`t work.
"You`ve got John McCain`s former economist and a whole
series of prominent economists who say that it created or
saved three million jobs and prevented us from going into a
great depression. That works. So that`s not true," he said.
He said that given the magnitude of the crisis the whole
country was in, the recovery act was twice as large as most
people thought was even possible.