President Obama, during a town hall meeting Saturday with British students, took credit for saving the world economy from a great depression.
Speaking at the Royal Horticultural Halls in central London, the president said he likely wouldn’t have a full understanding of his legacy for another decade.
“I don’t think I’ll have a good sense of my legacy until 10 years from now, when I can look back with some perspective and get a sense of what worked and what didn’t,” Mr. Obama said, as reported by The Guardian. “There are things I’m proud of: the basic principle that in a country as wealthy as the United States, every person should have access to high-quality health care that they can afford.
“Saving the world economy from a great depression, that was pretty good,” he said. “The first time I came to London, in April 2009, the world economy was in free fall, in part because of the reckless behavior of the folks on Wall Street, but in part because of reckless behavior of a lot of financial institutions around the globe. For us to be able to mobilize the world community, to take rapid action, to stabilize the financial markets and then in the United States to pass Wall Street reforms that make it much less likely that a crisis like that could happen again — I’m proud of that.”
Mr. Obama boasted that he has stayed true to himself while remaining consistent throughout his presidency.
“Sometimes I look back at what I said when I was running for office and what I’m saying today, and they match up,” he said. “So there’s a certain core integrity to what I’m trying to do. We’ve had failures, and we’ve been blocked. I consider myself a runner, and I run my ragged race, but then I’m passing on to the next person. Hopefully, they are running in the right direction and not the wrong direction, and hopefully they don’t drop the baton — and then they go and they pass it on to somebody else.”