In essence, the President doesn’t want credit for actually accomplishing anything with his foreign policy initiatives—just for being engaged in the world.
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State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki argued that President Barack Obama “doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world” during a presser on Thursday. The assembled press corps’ reaction was priceless.

“I would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world, and that’s how the secretary feels too,” the State Department spokesperson said. “We would not be engaged in comprehensive negotiations with Iran, which is where the program is stalled and is rolling back, if it were not for the role of the United States, along with the P-5 plus one partners, certainly.

“Ukraine, we’ve been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process and supporting the government and supporting their efforts moving forward,” she added. “Yes, there’s more work that needs to be done. The point is, we need to continue to stay at it.”

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