During an interview with Piers Morgan that aired on Tuesday, 84-year-old television personality Barbra Walters absolved President Barack Obama of any Presidential failures. The aging newswoman said that she and other liberals thought that Obama was “the next Messiah,” which set expectations too high.
The comment came when Morgan and Walters spoke briefly about the President:
PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?
BARBARA WALTERS: Well, you’ve touched on it to a degree. He made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be – I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime, but – the next messiah. And the whole ObamaCare, or whatever you want to call it, the Affordable Health Act, it just hasn’t worked for him, and he’s stumbled around on it, and people feel very disappointed because they expected more.
It’s very difficult when the expectations for you are very high. You’re almost better off when they are low and then they rise and rise. His were very high and they’ve dropped. But you know, he still has several years to go. What does he have, three years, Piers? And, you know, there will be a lot of changes, one thinks in that time.
With opinions like that, it’s no surprise that Phil Robertson, the deeply religious patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” clan, opted out of participating in an interview for Walters’ “Most Fascinating People of 2013” special set to air tonight on ABC. Robertson reportedly opted to go duck hunting instead.