Obama: I Sometimes Failed To Mobilize Public Opinion As President (VIDEO)

During an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” President Obama lamented that he sometimes failed to mobilize public opinion to back him in battles with Congressional Republicans.

“Part of the job description is also shaping public opinion. And we were very effective, and I was very effective, in shaping public opinion around my campaigns,” Obama said in a preview clip published online on Thursday.

“But there were big stretches, while governing, where even though we were doing the right thing, we weren’t able to mobilize public opinion firmly enough behind us to weaken the resolve of the Republicans to stop opposing us or to cooperate with us. And there were times during my presidency where I lost the PR battle,” he told CBS.

Obama made the comments while discussing Republicans’ refusal to consider his last Supreme Court nominee.

Watch the interview clip via CBS News:

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