• Obama: My Adinistration Restored US to ‘Most Respected Nation On Earth’

    President Barack Obama credited his administration with lifting the U.S. to become “the most respected country on earth” and restoring the U.S. to world dominance during a discussion Monday with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows at the White House.

    “People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth, and part of that I think is because of the work we did to re-engage the world and say that we want to work with you as partners with mutual interests and mutual respect,” said Obama.

    “It was on that basis we were able to end two wars while still focusing on the very real threat of terrorism and to try to work with our partners on the ground in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s the reason why we are moving in the direction of normalizing relations with Cuba. The nuclear deal that we are trying to negotiate with Iran.”

    One of the attendees asked how Obama, who usually avoids discussions of his legacy, how he wants the world to remember him.

    The president responded with a smile, “Fondly, I hope.”

    “Obviously there are things that I’ve been proud of,” Obama said, citing the recovery from the recession when he took office in 2009. He said U.S. leadership helped to avert a deeper crisis worldwide.

    “It was hard, but we ended up avoiding a terrible depression,” the president said. “That’s an important legacy for me.”

    Obama said many of the criticisms about him are too harsh, but added that people have a right to say what they think.

    “As I always point out, democracy is hard,”  he said. “I think many of the things said about me are terribly unfair. But the reason American democracy has survived so long is because people, even if they are wrong, have the right to say what they think.”

    He told the group, “George Washington, our first president, complained terribly about some of the foolishness that was said about him.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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