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Obama Admits Mistakes, Says He Wants Second Term 'Badly' In Diane Sawyer Interview

Obama Interview

The Huffington Post   Posted: 01/26/2012 11:05 pm

President Obama admitted he makes "a mistake, you know, every hour, every day" in an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer Thursday night.

Obama, who said he will "second-guess myself constantly," admitted that he's still learning with each day of his presidency.

"There're always things that you're learning in the job," Obama said. "I have no doubt that I'm a better president now than the day I took office just because you get more experience."

Obama said he wants a second term "badly" because he thinks "the country needs it." He criticized the Republican candidates vying to be his 2012 opponent, saying that ultimately the GOP nominee would be "a standard bearer for a vision of the country that I don't think reflects who we are."

He also hit the GOP hopefuls for their use of what he called "rhetorical flourishes," citing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's claim that Obama is a "food stamp president."

"First of all, I don't put people on food stamps. People become eligible for food stamps," Obama said. Second of all, the initial expansion of food-stamp eligibility happened under my Republican predecessor, not under me."

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