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Obama To Diane Sawyer: I Would 'Rather Be Really Good One-Term President' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/27/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:20 PM ET

Two days before President Obama's State of the Union speech, the president sat down with ABC's Diane Sawyer for a lengthy and ranging conversation on health care, the economy, and whether "one term is enough."

"I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president," Obama told Sawyer.

"There's a tendency in Washington to think that our job description, of elected officials, is to get reelected. That's not our job description," Obama said. "Our job description is to solve problems and to help people."

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ABC has posted the whole transcript here.

The interview is also generating some buzz because of a possibly awkward exchange when Obama greeted Sawyer with a kiss.

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