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Obama On Being President: "You Get Better As Time Goes On"

President Obama tells NBC's Matt Lauer that people are "frustrated" that he isn't the "transformational political figure that they hoped" he'd be because of the way the Founding Fathers designed our political system.

"It turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change that I would like sometimes," Obama told NBC in an interview conducted prior to the Super Bowl on Sunday.

However, Obama explained that he is getting better at his job. "One of the things about being President is you get better as time goes on," he said. Relevant transcript below.

Matt Lauer, NBC: I have talked to so many people over the last couple years, President Obama, who were huge supporters of yours in 2008. And today they are not sure. I hear more and more that they're disappointed in you. That you aren't the transformational political figure that they hoped you would be. How does that make you feel when you hear that?

President Barack Obama: I think this is the nature of being President. What's frustrated people is that I have not been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008.

Well, it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change that I would like sometimes. But what I have been able to do is move in the right direction. And what I'm going to keep on doing is plot away, very persistent. You know what? One of the things about being President is you get better as time goes on.

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