President Barack Obama is taking the gloves off as he preps to maintain his position as commander-in-chief.
During his sitdown with "60 Minutes" Monday night, President Obama defended his approach to governing the country thus far.
While the president has largely tried to remain bi-partisan in his efforts to bring about change, he admitted that he feels as if Republicans have been obstinately resistant to cooperation.
This, Obama feels, has resulted in a breakdown in the ability for legislators to communicate effectively. "Our politics have gotten to the point where we can’t have an honest conversation about the greatest income inequality since the 1920s," he said. "And we can’t have an honest conversation about the irresponsibility that resulted in the worst financial crisis since the great depression without somebody saying that we’re somehow being divisive."
But, the president said that he still plans to do as much as possible to rework some policies that he feels need to be changed, despite the busy campaign season looming in front of him.
"We’re going to keep on pushing to get things done," he assured. "I want to work with congress. I want to work with both parties in congress. I think that we can still make progress on a balanced approach to deficit reduction."
Obama warned, though, that he’s not going to be as patient as he has been in the past. If that means pushing through change, he seems to be fine.
"What I’m not going to do is wait for congress," President Obama asserted. "wherever we have an opportunity, and I have the executive authority to get some things done, we’re just going to go ahead and do them."
This is not the way that the president had hoped to be governing the country. As in his initial bid the White House, he felt that he could bring both sides of the aisle together to tackle the big problems facing the country.
"It was my firm belief that at such an important moment in our history there was no reason why democrats and republicans couldn’t put some of the old ideological baggage aside and focus on common sense," He reiterated.
"I think the republicans made a different calculation, which was, ‘You know what? we really screwed up the economy,’" the president said. "’Our best bet is to stand on the sidelines, because we think the economy is going to get worse, and at some point just blame him.’ So, we haven’t gotten the kind of engagement from them that I would have liked."