Kroft: The GOP says the election was a referendum on you and the Democrats
Obama: no it was a referendum on a really sucky economy
Kroft: wasn’t it a rejection of your leadership?
Obama: hey we had to spend a lot of money to fix the Bush economy
Kroft: so you’re a Big Government socialist
Obama: no I just didn’t communicate that we were in an emergency requiring we send a trillion dollars to Wall Street bankers
Kroft: voters want smaller government
Obama: but first they want jobs and growth
Kroft: are you saying people don’t hate government ?
Obama: no I’m sure they do -- so do I
Kroft: why did women and blacks stay home or vote for the GOP which traditionally hate them
Obama: because unemployment rose after I was sworn in
Kroft: The Beltway changed you from a hopeless idealist to a corrupt cynic
Obama: that’s not right - but I was too focused on getting things done
Kroft: the Tea Partiers are you from 2 years ago
Obama: hey accomplishing change is really hard to do
Obama: yeah this town is full of a lot of special interests and some real assholes
Kroft: you've lost you're edge
Obama: this city will crush you soul Steve!
Kroft: how have you been compromised?
Obama: I agreed to outrageous spending to get real reform
Kroft: you mean earmarks
Obama: right - maybe I can work with these lunatics to really change Washington
Kroft: do you have any regrets
Obama: look first I addressed the economy and then I did health care because it was risky but necessary
Kroft: what went wrong
Obama: I thought if we offered a bill introduced by Republicans then they might vote for it
Kroft: oh you are so so naive
Obama: heh dude I know
Kroft: is the recession over?
Obama: technically maybe but not for people who are unemployed
Kroft: like dozens of Democratic politicians
Kroft: do you get discouraged?
Obama: every damm day steve-o
Kroft: what can you do
Obama: ask the Republicans to pay for infrastructure which will benefit their constituents
Kroft: but the GOP are not interested in that
Obama: I know
Kroft: what is the deal with the tea party?
Obama: we have a great tradition of rebellion and that’s nice but some people think government is pretty useful
Obama: we shall see if they are tools of corporate interests or not
Kroft: what do you think of the GOP leaders
Obama: we’ve always been cordial
Kroft: but they call you the Kenyan Hitler
Obama: true but I said Boehner was a color not found in nature
Kroft: well that is true
Obama: no I once had an Indonesian apricot that was the same hue
Kroft: Bush signed a law which would automatically raise taxes so are you willing to cut them or not raise them for rich people like me and you
Obama: should we borrow $700 billion from our grandchildren to give really really rich people a tax cut?
Kroft: maybe we could build a time machine and get their permission
Obama: look I like rich people too but we just don’t have the money
Kroft: but the GOP runs Congress now
Obama: where is the money??
Kroft: Boehner says we should cut money for poor people to pay tax cuts for the rich
Obama: yeah that sounds like him
Kroft: we’re not talking about rich people - we’re talking about struggling small business people who make $300,000 a year
Obama: good god
Kroft: you’re anti-business
Obama: no I’m pro-consumer
Kroft: businesses need to know what government will do in the future forever
Obama: that’s crazy
Kroft: I know
Obama: it’s important to write rules to restrain bankers and insurers
Kroft: progressives think you’ve lost you’re mojo
Obama: I was so focused on getting things done I forgot to sell it better
Kroft: are a sell-out?
Obama: liberals need to realize some of this country is conservative and always will be and no amount of magic will change that
Kroft: you’re on television more than the Sham Wow guy
Obama: some people only watch The View
Kroft: oh my
Obama: I’m reaching women with daytime tv, the young people with the Daily Show, and the super-elderly with 60 Minutes
Kroft: what is next for you?
Obama: Michelle and I will be contestants on The Amazing Race
Kroft: what have you learned about yourself and the American people
Obama: I’ve learned that the people are suffering greatly and so am I
Kroft: good luck with that