Presidential Election 2016
Barack Obama recently revealed that his views have hardly changed since he began serving as Commander-in-Chief.
In an interview with New York Magazine the president said, "If you go back and you read speeches I made when I was running for the US Senate in 2003, or if you go back further and you look at statements I made when I was on the Harvard Law Review, my worldview is pretty consistent."
The New York Post blasted Obama, writing that this comment was a "point of pride" and that he was only "fixated on his legacy." Columnist Michael Goodwin wrote, "A large part of his effort on the way out the door is explaining what he did, and insisting that what he did was right. Always."
The president also admitted he could ignore his critics by sticking to his own judgments. "You start realizing at a certain point, well, folks aren't even trying to be consistent," Obama said. "They're not even trying to be fair-minded in their assessments or recommendations. In which case the best thing for me to do is to try to figure out what the right thing to do is and just do it, and worry later about how Washington is grading me."
The president slammed his critics again saying they are "not always" informed, but said that "the critique of drones has been important, because it has ensured that you don't have this institutional comfort and inertia with what looks like a pretty antiseptic way of disposing of enemies."
Goodwin went on to write that Obama revealed he learned nothing from his time in the White House and that he was "leaving office with both his worldview and his prejudices firmly intact."
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