Obama tells 60 Minutes: “The County Is Better Off, People Just Don’t Feel It”
President Barack Obama invoked former President Ronald Reagan in an effort to convince the American people they are better off than when he assumed office nearly six years ago. Obama made his comparison to Reagan during an interview with Steve Kroft on CBS News’ 60 Minutes broadcast Sunday night when speaking about the Democrats’ prospects in the upcoming midterm elections.
Reagan famously asked the American people if they were better off after four years of President Jimmy Carter during the candidates’ debate on October 28, 1980.
“Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?”
A week later Reagan crushed Carter, winning 44 states.
Obama said to Kroft, “…Ronald Reagan used to ask the question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” In this case, are you better off than you were in six?”