President Obama on himself, speaking in an interview with 60 Minutes:
“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.”
Covering for these grandiose claims, CBS edited out the remarks in the version shown on television. They were, however, in the complete version posted online. (Politico has the links.)
But let’s test his claims. Since he considers Lincoln part of “modern history,” we can go back into the 19th century. And he is talking about both his legislative and his foreign policy accomplishments. How would you say he measures up? What other presidents had greater accomplishments in these areas?