Nevermind what disgruntled political pundits and Birthers say: President Barack Obama thinks he’s done a pretty good job this year.
During ABC’s “Oprah’s Christmas at the White House,” Oprah asked how the president would grade his first term in office thus far, and he gave her a straightforward answer.
“A good, solid B-plus,” he said matter-of-factly. “I think we have inherited the biggest set of challenges of any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.”
He noted that stabilizing the economy and being “on our way out of Iraq” went a long way to his high marks. However he feels there is still one major obstacle keeping him from a slightly better grade.
"B-plus because of the things that are undone. Health care is not yet signed," President Obama said during the special, which aired last night. "If I get health care passed we tip into A minus.”
But before audiences saw Oprah’s sit down with Barack and Michelle Obama, the first couple hosted a Christmas concert benefitting the Children’s National Medical Center.
"This season we celebrate that sacred moment: The birth of a child, the message of the love we preach to the world. We are our brother’s keep. We are our sister’s keeper. And pure in heart, we do unto others as we have them do unto us. We devote ourselves to good works,” the president said. “We are called upon to help neighbors in need. That’s why, with our men and women in uniform serving far from home, in harm’s way, our fervent wish remains this season, and all seasons to let there be peace on Earth.”
The show featured singers like Usher and his protégé Justin Bieber. Mary J. Blige, who did a heavenly rendition of “O Holy Night,” also took a turn at the mic. Not to be left out, the first couple joined in for “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”
— Sonya Eskridge