Obama: Romney Not Necessarily Qualified to Think About ‘Economy as a Whole’
“When some people question why I would challenge his Bain record, the point I’ve made there in the past is, if you’re a head of a large private equity firm or hedge fund, your job is to make money. It’s not to create jobs. It’s not even to create a successful business - it’s to make sure that you’re maximizing returns for your investor. Now that’s appropriate. That’s part of the American way. That’s part of the system. But that doesn’t necessarily make you qualified to think about the economy as a whole, because as president, my job is to think about the workers. My job is to think about communities, where jobs have been outsourced.
“CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose sat down Thursday with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in the blue room of the White House for a wide-ranging and exclusive interview.
As seen on the “CBS Evening News,” Mr. Obama spoke about what he considers to be the biggest mistake of his first term: putting policy ahead of presenting a clear explanation of his plans to the American people.
In a new excerpt from that interview, the president offers his take on Mitt Romney’s record on job creation.
Rose asked Mr. Obama, “Do you believe his presidency would be a disaster, because this is a man who’s been a successful businessperson. Does that disqualify him or make him appropriately a candidate for a political office? How do you take the measure of his business experience?”
Mr. Obama said, “I do not think at all it disqualifies him. But I also think it’s important if that’s his main calling card, if his basic premise is that ‘I’m Mr. Fix-It on the economy, because I made a lot of money.’”