August 1st, 2010
11:23 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama gives himself a grade of 'incomplete' after 18 months


In a solitary moment, President Obama walked across the South Lawn to the Oval Office after returning to the White House on Marine One Friday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) - It's still too early to judge his administration, President Barack Obama says.

In an interview broadcast on the CBS "Sunday Morning" program, Obama gave himself a grade of "incomplete" on the first 18 months of his presidency.

While citing some accomplishments, Obama said the true measure of success will be when the economy has rebounded fully and people are feeling better about it.

"We still have a long way to go," Obama said.

Asked if he felt his administration wasn't getting the credit it deserved, he laughed and answered, "Yes," then offered an explanation.

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  1. IZZY

    LOL....44% approval...its only obvious....YOU GET A BIG FAT F!!!!

    August 1, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. bernice

    Go O'Bama..We voted for you & we'll stick by you..It'll all come together for our country & then we'll have another big spending republican that'll bring us down again .. They love to start wars where ever so more & more taxpayer dollars can go to the pentagon..The hell with the people needing healthcare & food on their tables..
    I just as soon die from a terrorist attack as to starve or suffer from an illness until I die...Keep our tax dollars at home..We need it...We are so ripped off....

    August 1, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. phoenix86

    Its the dumber-down education. Not good to give little Barack an "F", too hard on his ego. So we'll give him an "incomplete".

    Still stupid, but we can ignore it now.

    August 1, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. vic

    For Obama administration I will give B for the 18 months

    From 90s every election cycle we talk about Health Care now we won’t much

    From 2000 to 2006 Congress and white house didn’t do nothing . frustrating moment that time they spend more time On Terri Schiavo case and Flag Burning law

    August 1, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. USN

    As far as destroying the constitution has has the highest marks ever in our history ,,,, he's HISTORIC. hail obama ( Hugo sends his love)

    August 1, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. InlandEmperor

    Hang in their, Mr President. Please know that you have the support of the vast majority of your fellow citizens. And it appears you have the support of billions of citizens around the globe who are hoping for the resurgance of our great country from the eight ( 8 ) years of economic terrorism that preceded your administration.

    August 1, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. A Texan

    I have come to admire President Obama more than any leader I've observed in my 63 years. He is sincere, intelligent, well spoken, and works toward the betterment of all Americans. The hand he was dealt by the inept and corrupt Bush & Cheney administration was impossibly hard, and the Republican Party of "No" strives to undermine any initiatives on the table. Still, the President reaches across the table and works toward unity. This war is another mess left by Bush, but at least now the operations aren't run by a moronic Commander In Chief.

    August 1, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. thor

    Obama makes up so much stuff to justify what he's doing .it's unbellievable.First of all this phony claim that he saved the country's economy from collapse is bogus. There is no way to prove or disprove that so just say it.Same thing with the auto industry.Ford survived without government intervention.Shut up, don't let facts get into the way.What about the mismanagement of the Gulf disaster where he showed no leadership?What about his sending 60,000 troops to Afghanistan turning a Nato led war into an American mission?And what about all the Wed. night partying going on at the WH with the likes of Dylan,Simon,Wonder,Mcbride and McCartney.While the president and the first lady insist the rest of us endure economic hardship they are living like a king and queen on taxpayers money.At least 10 million spent in 2009 on entertainment exspenses.Incomplete is being too gracious for someone so arrogant.

    August 1, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Marcus

    Yo, Izzy, 44% is a C minus or D plus, a F is what your GWBush did for the economy... And before you or any smearer in this blog starts with, I know that, for the most of his term, he had good economic numbers/data to back his claims that 'trickle down economy' worked...
    Until the day that reality knocked at the door and WE had to pay for that BUBBLE (FYI, in economic lexicon, a 'bubble' is a period of artificial and baseless economic growth that, when the 'bubble' explodes, leaves only huge bills and 'huger' bills to be paid and job losses to be accounted...).
    But I agree that 'incomplete' is a perfect definition of his achievements...

    August 1, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Jim

    HOW DID WE GET HERE? When President Bill Clinton left office in 2001, the government had run surpluses for three straight years. By the time President George W. Bush left the White House, the government had run deficits for seven straight years, and the Congressional Budget Office projected a 2009 deficit of over $1 trillion.

    Much of the deterioration resulted from huge Bush-era tax cuts, which left the nation chronically short of revenue, especially when it had to pay for two wars. And because the budget was already in bad shape when the financial crisis hit in late 2008, the necessary spending to rescue the system only deepened an already deep deficit. Unchastened, Republicans — joined by a few Democrats — are now determined to dig the hole even deeper by calling for all of the Bush tax cuts to be extended beyond their scheduled expiration at the end of this year.

    August 1, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Eli

    G comes after F.

    August 1, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Scott Trent

    If you like big government taking over everything in sight and over- regulating everything in sight then Obama gets an A. If you like Liberty and Freedom and Jobs and Growth then Obama is a class A FAILURE...

    August 1, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    While citing some accomplishments, Obama said the true measure of success will be when the economy has rebounded fully and people are feeling better about it.
    Really? Let me offer a 'truer' measure of success. Leaving the country in better shape than it was because of the effectiveness of your administration's management? In this measure the Obama administration will undoubtedly be a failure. The future is now saddled with trillions of more dollars of debt, a healthcare system that will be more expensive and less efficient and a bloated government that is much more expensive to support. This is just a start, but enough to see he has no 'hope' of making this administration's existence anything but a sad chapter in American history.

    August 1, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. hypocricnnation

    Remembering The Flack President Obama Caught When Asked To Grade Himself On Oprah, It Was A Great Move Not To Make The Same Mistake Twice. Honestly, Right Now He'd Get A B- From Me, Unlike Some Who Are Simply In The Business Of Negative Pessimism (Journalists Especially!). All Is Not Great Here Now, But All Is Not Bad As It Has Been Perpetuated To Be By Most With An Agenda Would Persuade. Things (Not All) Can Certainly Get Better, And Must Get Better. That Responsibility Falls On All Government Representatives (The President Too!), Not Just The Chosen Few.

    August 1, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Scott Trent

    I love how some people claim Clinton had a surplus when actually he had a $5.6 Trillion deficit when he left office. Facts are an amazing thing to behold...

    August 1, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Scott Trent

    The "root cause" of the recession was the mortgage forclosure crisis. Without "Affordable Social Housing" demands made by the Democrats we would not be in a recession. Where are the Jobs? Where is the growth? Democrats have had the Congress now since 2006 and the White House too since 2008. The recession should have ended by now. But it`s not. What little growth there is – is slowing. Why? Obama and Washington are doing the same things that caused the recession. Spreading the wealth. Affordable Social Housing then. Affordable Social Health Care – Climate Change – Financial Overhaul. You people deserve to starve for being so stupid.

    August 1, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Hall for President

    IZZY we don't have a word that fit you. But if President Obama get a "BIG FAT F" what did Bush get? Just asking.

    August 1, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Tony in St. Louis

    Considering the situation we were in 18 months ago, I give him an A. The country was scared and with a pending financial collapse, auto industrt collapse, housing collapse, two wars, ...etc. I wondered if we could get through another 6 months!. Our President has executed "damage control" incredibly, ...despite the fact that those bent on our destuction continue to throw stones.

    The way Bush dumped this mess and headed for the door midway through '08 was unbelievable! We can never let that kind of treason happen to our country again.

    Obama 2012!

    August 1, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Marcus

    Scott Trent – The surplus was NOT in that area. The surplus that he is to be touted for comes from the fact that HE was the first POTUS since the 70's to manage to NOT spend more than he initially thought that he was going to during a fiscal year. Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush (the father) had NOT managed to achieve it. HE did.
    Got it?
    As for the ridiculous 'If you like big government taking over everything in sight and over-regulating everything in sight then Obama gets an A'
    Taking over? What did the Govt. 'took over'? The auto industry? NO. The Banks? Neither... Health Care? Nope...
    Over-regulating? So you're for deregulation? After the mortgage crisis and that oil in the Gulf you still believe in deregulation?

    August 1, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    I was going to compliment a good article. Once again, I see it as the President sees it. However, I see that the Glen Beck, Rus Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, O'Reilly et al 'blogger pukes' have already commented. My question is, can anyone spot which blog comments I am speaking of?

    August 1, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Colorado Liberal

    A lot of foolish wind on this blog this morning. Such is to be expected from the far-right "conservatives" whose attitudes and votes created the Bush/Cheney holocaust of 2001-2009.

    Remember those years. conservatives? No. I didn't think you did. We are still living amidst the Bush/Cheney legacy.

    Just a reminder.

    August 1, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Big John

    There's no doubt he'd have done much better by now if there were some bipartisanship. All he's accomplished to date has been an uphill battle against the Republicans who ruined the economy to begin with. As he said early on the economy is like turning an ocean liner, it takes a while to get it turned around. At least he avoided the depression that shrub had us headed for.

    August 1, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |

    Why don't you admit Obama that it is beyond you capabilities.

    August 1, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. USN

    Just a reminder , clinton had a surplus because congress was republican , Dems have held the piggie bank from Jan 2007 not Bush and look where we are . Just say NO to children out of control.

    August 1, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Steve in North Carolina

    I'll give him credit for tripling the federal deficit, screwing over the economy, and providing impediments to job creation. In my book that rates an F.

    August 1, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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