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US President Barack Obama participates in a CBS News Townhall Meeting on the economy at the Newseum in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2011.
“What’s been your biggest mistake?” is an evergreen question asked of presidents nearing the end of their first terms. President George W. Bush couldn’t think of an answer and during CBS’s interview, which aired in full this morning, President Obama said his biggest mistake “was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right” and not so much to “tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism…”
Patt looks back at how this answer has changed over time with the expectations of presidents.
Do you agree with President Obama's answer?
Allan J. Lichtman, professor of history, American University and author of "13 Keys to the White House"
Bill Schneider, resident fellow at Third Way, a think tank in Washington; former political analyst for CNN and the Los Angeles Times