Obama Biographer David Remnick: "The World Seems To Disappoint Him"


DAVID REMNICK, THE NEW YORKER: The profile that I published in the New Yorker was somebody that eerily, eerily seemed to be claiming himself -- it was a sense of not giving up, but of deep frustration, that was the profile that I published in the New Yorker. Somebody frustrated and disappointed.

And that's what's frustrating to me sometimes about Obama is that the world seems to disappoint him. Republicans disappoint him, Bashar al-Assad disappoints him, Putin as well. And the fighting spirit sometimes is lacking in the performative aspects of the presidency. Do I think that at the end of eight years this will go down as a terrible presidency? I don't. You do. I don't. I think an enormous amount has been achieved.

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