Obama: I need to do a better job of inspiring

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 12 at 11:04 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president who ran on hope says he needs to do a better job of inspiring the public if he wins a second term.

President Barack Obama says in an interview with "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose that the "mistake" of his first term was, in his words, "thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right."

Obama said Thursday that the presidency demands telling a story to the American people "that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times."

He says it is legitimate criticism that he wasn't telling the public where he's going and says he needs to do a better job of that in his second term.

The interview conducted Thursday will air on CBS this week.

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