Obama: Regrets of Year One

By Nitya

Jan 20, 2010 2:06pm

Below is an excerpt from my exclusive interview with President Obama today in which he reflects on his first year in office:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: If there's one thing that I regret this year, is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us, that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values.   And that I do think is a mistake of mine.  I think the assumption was, if I just focus on policy, if I just focus on the, this  provision, or that law, or are we making a good, rational decision here –

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:  That people would get it.

OBAMA:  That people will get it.  And I think that, you know, what they've ended up seeing is this feeling of remoteness and detachment where, you know, there's these technocrats up here, these folks who are making decisions.  Maybe some of them are good, maybe some of them aren't.  But do they really get us and what we're going through?  And I think that I can do a better job of that and partly because I do believe that we're in a stronger position now than  we were in a year ago.

More of my interview tonight on World News with Diane Sawyer, a special edition of Nightline and of course, tomorrow on Good Morning America.

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