Three years after predicting that his time in office would be a “one term proposition” if the economy did not improve, President Barack Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer that he has earned another four years in the White House.
“I deserve a second term, but we’re not done,” Obama said in a live interview airing two hours before the Super Bowl. “The key right now is that we don’t start turning in a new direction,” he said, noting that the economy created almost 250,000 jobs in January.
The 2009 quote is frequently cited by Mitt Romney, who has disputed the notion that the economy is improving, pointing out that Americans are still fleeing the workforce.
Asked whether he has received assurances from the Israeli government that he will be notified if they decide to launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Obama said Israel has not yet made a decision on what to do.
As for the big game — Obama wouldn’t pick a favorite, but said “it’s going to be a great game.”