President Obama on 60 Minutes: ‘Leadership Isn’t Just Legislation’

By Maya

Nov 5, 2010 7:45am

In his 60 Minutes interview set to air Sunday, President Obama admits some failures in his leadership.

In an excerpt from the interview that aired on the CBS News Early Show, correspondent Steve Kroft said: “There is this feeling, Particularly among people who are among your most ardent supporters, who feel a little disappointed that they think that you’ve lost your mojo. That you’ve lost your ability, that touch you had during the campaign, to inspire and lead. Everybody in Washington writes about a sort of aloofness that you have. How do you respond to that?"

"I think that's a fair argument,” the president responds. "You know, I think that over the course of two years we were so busy and so focused on getting a bunch of stuff done that we stopped paying attention to the fact that leadership isn’t just legislation. That it's a matter of persuading people. And giving them confidence and bringing them together. And setting a tone. And making an argument that people can understand. And I think that we haven’t always been successful at that. And I take personal responsibility for that. And it's something that I've got to examine carefully as I go forward.”

-Jake Tapper

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