Obama on economy: ‘I will be held accountable’
President Barack Obama talked to NBC’s Matt Lauer about the economic crisis. When asked about his efforts to build bipartisanship in Washington the president responded, “It’s only been ten days. People have to recognize it’s going to take some time for trust to be built. not only between democrats and republicans, but between Congress and the White House. Between the House and the Senate. We’ve had a dysfunctional political stem for a while now.”
Obama said that his administration would be held responsible for the speed of economic recovery. “A year from now, I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress. But there’s still going to be some pain out there. If i don’t have this done in three years — then there’s going to be a one-term proposition,” he said.
This video is from NBC’s Today Show, broadcast Feb. 2, 2009.