During the interview with ABC News, the president was asked about a specific passage in the book he wrote in 2006, “The Audacity of Hope,” in which he, referring to Bush’s foreign policy, cites the importance of having a strategy that the public supports.
Now, with polls showing the majority of Americans are not in support of the president’s foreign policy, Stephanopoulos asked whether he is failing by his own standard. Obama cited support he had during his first term in the White House and said the public didn’t necessarily have to support him all the time.
“Not at every minute George, not every week because there are going to be times where the world is messy," he said
"What I’ve learned is I can't operate on a daily news cycle or a weekly news cycle. One of the things you also realize during the course of five years is, if the problems were easy, somebody else would have solved them,” he said.
“And one of the great challenges of this job, but one of the great privileges of this job is that you know you’re tackling stuff that is really tough,” the president added. “And I'm glad that after five years, I'm still here and able to do it.”