Barbara Walters On Obama: "We Thought He Was Going To Be The Next Messiah"

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PIERS MORGAN, HOST: I cannot believe you are genuinely looking at me down that camera lens and saying that you find a bunch of guys that hunt ducks more interesting than the president of the United States, Barbara Walters. However --

BARBARA WALTERS: I don't want to go down in history as having said that.

MORGAN: Let me ask you this. You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009 [sic]?

BARBARA WALTERS: Well, you've touched on it to a degree. He made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be -- I shouldn't say this at Christmastime -- but the next messiah. And the whole Obamacare, or whatever you want to call it, the Affordable Health Act [sic], it just hasn't worked for him. And he’s stumbled around on it, and people feel very disappointed because they expected more.

It's very difficult when the expectations for you are very high. You're almost better off when they are low and then they rise and rise. His were very high and they've dropped. But you know? He still has several years to go. What does he have, three years more, Piers? And, you know, there will be a lot of changes, one thinks in that time.

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