Barack Obama on 60 Minutes
Steve Kroft boiled a 90-minute sit-down with Barack Obama into a 60 Minutes profile of the sitting President of the United States. Among the topics covered were the economy (well, yeah), the bonus tax, healthcare, automakers' bailouts, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Kroft at one point asked Obama to address a jab thrown last week by former vice president Dick Cheney, who had said that the new administration's policies have made the U.S. less safe. "How many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney?" Obama retorted. "It hasn't made us safer. What it has been is a great advertisement for anti-American sentiment."
The president did, however, allow that there is work to be done when it comes to some prisoners who have since rejoined terrorist groups after being released from Guantanamo Bay. "There is no doubt," Obama admitted, "that we have not done a particularly effective job in sorting through who are truly dangerous individuals ... to make sure [they] are not a threat to us."
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