Obama: Time To Move From ‘Yes We Can’ to ‘Yes We Did’

U.S President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in response to the Iran nuclear deal on July 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. The landmark deal will limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions. The agreement, which comes …
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President Obama spoke about his legacy last night, hinting in an interview with the BBC that he wanted the history books to write that he went from a “Yes We Can” slogan to “Yes We Did.”

During the interview, BBC’s Jon Sopel asked him to reflect on everything that was going right in his second term.

Obama boasted that one of his “strengths” was having an “even temperament.”

“I don’t get too high when it’s high and I don’t get too low when it’s low,” he said proudly.

He also appeared pleased that he was finding ways to break past the obstruction of a Republican majority in Congress, citing his executive orders as one way to go beyond the unpopular institution.

“The robust exertion of executive authority within the the lawful constraints that we operate under is something that we’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about,” he said.

Sopel led Obama into a question, with how he wanted history to remember his presidency: “I’m sure you would like it to be written that President Obama turned “Yes we can” into…”

“Yes we did,” Obama said, finishing the sentence.


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