From Sunlen Miller:
Nearly one year after his inauguration, President Obama admits that Americans have every right to feel deflated at the progress made in his first year in office.
“They have every right to feel deflated because the economy was far worse than any of us expected,’” the president tells People magazine in an interview, “The day I was sworn in, we now know that we were in the process of losing 650,000 jobs in December and 700,000 jobs in January, another 650,000 in March. So people rightly have been anxious this year.”
Mr. Obama said that he has not been able to bring people together as much as he’d promised in the 2008 presidential campaign.
“What I haven’t been able to do in the midst of this crisis is bring the country together in a way that we had done in the Inauguration. That’s what’s been lost this year…that whole sense of changing how Washington works.”
The President says the yet-to-be-passed health care reform bill will be his proudest moment this year, if it does end up getting passed.
“Having a health-care bill through the House and the Senate is a potentially historic accomplishment. I’ll be that much prouder when I actually sign it.”
Next Wednesday marks Mr. Obama’s one year anniversary of being president. He says that he still has not adjusted entirely to the “bubble” that comes with being president.
“I still have not adjusted and I hope never to adjust entirely, to being in the bubble. Day-to-day spontaneous interactions are missing from my life. And there’s the aspect of loneliness that just has to do with the fact that sending young men and women to war – ultimately that’s your decision.”
The President said this is what he signed up for though, and added that he is “pretty good” at his job.
People magazine’s interview with President Obama hits newsstands Friday.