Here’s the full video and transcript of President Barack Obama’s final appearance as POTUS on CBS News ’60 Minutes.’ In his last White House interview on network television, he discusses a range of topics with Steve Kroft including his legacy and his future plans.
The full interview was broadcast on Sunday, January 15 as part of an hour-long special episode ’60 Minutes Presents: Barack Obama: Eight Years in the White House.’ Watch the full interview and see transcript below
The full video is above. Read the transcript text here.
Here are a few excerpts of the discussion.
On not being able to change Washington, the President said, “I changed those things that were in direct– my direct control. I mean, I– look, I’m proud of the fact that, with two weeks to go, we’re part of the first administration in modern history that hasn’t had a major scandal in the White House. In that sense, we changed some things.”
He added, “And I’ve said this before. But it’s worth repeating. Because this is on me. Part of the job description is also shaping public opinion. And we were very effective, and I was very effective, in shaping public opinion around my campaigns.”
Continuing, he elaborated and said, “But there were big stretches, while governing, where even though we were doing the right thing, we weren’t able to mobilize public opinion firmly enough behind us to weaken the resolve of the Republicans to stop opposing us or to cooperate with us. And there were times during my presidency where I lost the PR battle.”
The entire interview will be broadcast on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Click here for transcript excerpts. Check back after the broadcast for full video and text.
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