President Obama in Newport News, Va.
(Photo: Steve Earley, AP)
Like many a predecessor, President Obama says the job has humbled him.
"The one thing about being president is, after four years, you get pretty humble," Obama told a friendly crowd Tuesday at a shipyard in Newport News, Va. "You'd think maybe you wouldn't, but actually you become more humble.
"You realize what you don't know. You realize all the mistakes you've made."
Obama also said the presidency makes one realize "you can't do things by yourself," as he called on backers to pressure Congress into avoiding $85 billion in automatic budget cuts -- "the sequester" -- with a new debt reduction deal that includes higher taxes on the wealthy.
The president said it's important for him to talk with Congress -- but suggested it is even more important to reach out to lawmakers' constituents.
Said Obama: "You've got to have the help and the goodwill of Congress, and what that means is you've got to make sure that constituents of members of Congress are putting some pressure on them, making sure they're doing the right thing, putting an end to some of these political games."
David Jackson, USA TODAY