""I can probably tick off 3 or 4 common-sense things we could have done where we'd be growing a percentage or 2 faster each year. We could have brought down the unemployment rate lower, faster. We could have been lifting wages even faster than we did. And those things keep me up at night sometimes." 8 years after the financial crisis, unemployment is 5%, deficits are down and GDP is growing. So why do so many American voters feel left behind? Over a series of candid conversations, @nytimes columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin asked @barackobama what he really thinks about his economic legacy. The president seems to understand that he might be judged not just by what he has done, but by how the results compare to a bygone era of middle-class opportunity — one that maybe no president, faced with the sweeping changes transforming the global economy, could ever bring back. @katygrannan photographed @barackobama at the @whitehouse in March. To make this portrait, she and the @nytmag team had exactly 5 minutes 39 seconds with the president. Follow @nytmag to see another image and visit the link in our profile to read the interview." By nytimes on Instagram.
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