In a wide ranging interview to be aired of NBC Obama said that he deserved a second chance at the Presidency, even though he had said three years ago on the same channel and the same interview that if he failed to turn the economy around, his presidency would be a â€œone term propositionâ€. Obama self-promotion hinged on his claim that the US has made significant progress in the path of economic recovery, a claim that may well had fallen flat but for the good jobs report that came out just before the interview.
â€œWeâ€™ve made progress. The key right now is to just make sure we donâ€™t start turning in a new direction that could throw that progress off.” Obama told NBCâ€™s Matt Lauer.
After his reelection Obama had told Lauer, that he intended to turn the economy around in three years. â€œI’ve got four years,” he had said. “A year from now I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress, but there’s going to be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, than this is going to be a one-term proposition.”
The matter of Iran, and a supposed Israeli intervention also came up. The President struck a cautious note, saying that he did not believe Iran intended to attack America. “We don’t see any evidence that they have those intentions or capabilities right now,” he said, adding that he preferred a diplomatic solution, but â€œno options were off the table.â€
He sidestepped a question whether Israel would warn America before launching a pre-emptive strike against Iran, saying that it was his believe that Israel had taken no such decision. “They, like us, believe Iran has to stand down on its nuclear weapons program.”
Obama administration has significantly ratcheted up the rhetoric on Iran taking it up to the levels lastÂ seen during the presidency of George W Bush. This happens to be an election year, and republicans are feeding off anti-Iran sentiment.