Washington — President Obama conceded recently that his campaign message of changing the way Washington works is not viewed by the nation as a fulfilled goal.
Asked in an interview by Colorado’s 9NEWS to judge his ability in the first two years of his presidency to alter what has long been characterized as a Washington that is broken, Obama admitted that people saw progress as minimal, but said that he had actually made some ground on the issue.
“I don’t think there’s a sense that I’ve been successful, I think that people feel that Washington still is dysfunctional,” Obama said, before challenging that sentiment. “We’ve actually made some improvement, mainly in areas where I’ve got complete control.”
Obama explained that he had taken measures to make the White House more transparent, improve the flow of information to the American people, and cut down on lobbyist influence on his administration, but that actually repairing Washington in the way people wanted to see it fixed would take a more concerted effort in the next two years.