WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS4)- President Obama sat down with CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd at the White House on Monday.

The exclusive one-on-one interview with the President lasted nearly 10 minutes. Mr. Obama said he is committed to Coloradans and admits that Colorado is a key state for his future and the 2012 election.

WATCH: CBS4’s complete interview with President Obama

“I’ve never had trouble connecting with Coloradans,” said Obama. “People in Colorado, they think about the environment, they’re keen on technology. I think there’s a strong independent streak in Colorado.”

During the interview Obama made his case for ending Bush-era tax breaks for wealthier Americans. When asked about farmers and small business owners in Colorado who might be worried that his budget will raise their taxes, the president said that won’t happen.

“The truth is, is that only about two percent of small business owners make more than $250,000 a year. What we’ve said is that there is a way of protecting middle class families, those farmers, those small business owners that are out there, but making sure those folks that are millionaires and billionaires pay a little bit more,” said Obama.

CBS4 viewers also had many questions about education and jobs. Missi Wiedel asked, “Where are the jobs?” on CBS4’s Facebook page.

“It’s uneven. We’ve actually seen the largest drop in unemployment over the last several months, since 1982. We’ve created close to 2 million jobs over the last year, year and a half,” said Obama.

The President said the single most important investment is education, which doesn’t necessarily mean more money, but more reforms like those led by Sen. Michael Bennet.

“An agenda that holds schools more accountable, that makes sure we are experimenting with things like charter schools that can hold the promise of better outcomes, that we’re doing a lot better job of training teachers,” said Obama.

When asked about immigration, the president says he would be willing to take on the issue before his term is up. He says he’s confident he has Republican backing to pass a bill that would give amnesty to illegal immigrants already here.

“We are looking at employers who are exploiting undocumented workers and we’ve also got to make sure we are having a comprehensive law that looks at the folks who are already here and figures out how do we get them on a path to citizenship. I think can be done in comprehensive way,” he said.

Rep. Cory Gardner from Colorado told CBS4 after the interview the president is reading the wrong tea leaves and that the GOP doesn’t support amnesty.

Obama also spoke during the interview about the fire danger. He said he supports more money to fight wildfires across the West.

Dominic Dezzutti’s Blog: Obama Interview: Right Questions, Guarded Answers

Comments (31)
  1. Missi Weide says:

    I just have to say, President Obama is out of touch with middle class Americans when it comes to jobs. The response was to my question. The unemployment in Colorado is above the national average. Yes, perhaps we have had the largest drop in unemployment, however, that is because there are more people unemployed now – so those numbers are skewed (in my opinion). I want him to come live in my shoes – for just one day! See how true middle America lives with 4 kids and a husband who has been unemployed for nearly 2 years!

    1. Tommy Crist says:

      Good luck with that one.. The Anti America has no idea how we live.

  2. Chris says:

    Every President is, to some extent, out of touch with the middle class. Just remember, this recession began before Obama became President. At one point, he was in the middle class, raised by a single mother. I very much sympathize with your situation-it’s very frustrating-but once the economy goes into recession, no one can just come in and fix it over night. It can take years.

    1. Mike says:

      So the answer is MORE spending? Obama and his spending on entitlements is hurting this country. Obama does not have a clue.

      1. Chris says:

        Oh, the irony.

  3. David Elsey says:

    remember some complained Obama didn’t mention during his state of the union address how his administration was going to increase jobs. Then people argues “Obama has proposed a high-speed rail system”. How does that help the people that the lines do not pass through their state. Colorado has 2 existing lines, but no high-speed rails will bring employment. Some states have no tracks at all (existing or “to be built”

    1. Mike says:

      The only way Government can create jobs is to get out of the way. Government does not create jobs, small business does. And guess who he wants to raise taxes on?

  4. Missi Weide says:

    I have to say – I in no way blame Obama – I’m very well aware it takes years for the economy to get as bad as it is. My issue is the fact that the unemployment rate in Colorado is ABOVE the national average. He stated they’ve created 2 million jobs in the last year or so – how many were created in Colorado? I’d just like to see a light at the end of the tunnel! :-)

    1. druid0621 says:

      He may not have caused it, but he’s made it worse. Dem spending initiatives on social welfare waste have been adding to the national debt since FDR. And he refuses to address the mess of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. We will continue to decline until we bring those costs under control. His budget proposal does woefully little.

    2. Mike says:

      Guess what, he lied. You do not create jobs by excessive spending and raising taxes. The top 3% of wage earners pay more in taxes than the than the other 97%. That is about as progressive as you can get

      1. csweatt says:

        Mike you are wrong. There are many kinds of taxes. Lets talk about what percent of the rich peoples income and what percent of the poor peoples income is spent on taxes. The rich have taken their tax breaks for the last 10 years and took them out of our country and created jobs overseas.

  5. druid0621 says:

    This guy is the greatest con-man ever to sit in the Oval Office. He dislikes our country intensely and seeks to demote us to Third World status. In that, he is garnering great success, domestically and internationally. Hopefully, the majority of those who miscast their votes for this miscreant will be smarter next time around.

    1. Tommy Crist says:

      Double AMEN

  6. guy5 says:

    Can anyone show me with facts that supports the statement that he dislikes our country.

    1. Bill69 says:

      Just open your eyes and ears then use your brain and you’ll have all the facts you need to figure it out.

      1. Chris says:

        Good one, Bill. You’re a comedian, aren’t you?

      2. Larry says:

        Disturbing that you folks who hate the president are incapable of presenting any REASONS for hating him (other than Fox News talking points, of course). Hardly persuasive to just go from forum to forum writing hate against the president. If you think you are right to hate the president, say WHY.

        Bill69, your nasty reply, “Just open your eyes and ears then use your brain and you’ll have all the facts you need to figure it out,” is a VERY childish cop-out.

        Come on, Bill69. Let Obama supporters be enlightened by what YOUR open eyes and ears and used brain have discerned – YOU are the one hating on the president. Back it up with facts, not endless whining and tantrums.

  7. Robo says:

    Does anyone seriously believe that we can get out from under this crushing, long-term debt without cutting spending as well as raising taxes? And yes, spending to stimulate the economy does work (FDR-the Great Depression) Of course small business creates jobs, but lest we forget, it was business (albeit big business), going unchecked, that sent our economy into a downward spiral. I gladly cast my vote for Obama last time and will again. He has more sense in his little finger than the likes of Trump, Palin or Bachman!

    1. Debbie7 says:

      Some people, such as yourself, are just incapable of learning from their mistakes.

      1. Chris says:

        Find me a better candidate than Obama, and I’ll vote for him/her. The current choices right now are pathetic.

    2. csweatt says:

      Robo-you are correct. It is just common sense. I for one can’t wait to vote for President Obama again. His pols show that we are not alone.

  8. Eric says:

    Hey Mike, The top 3% own more than 90% of the wealth. And want more tax cuts. Less than 3% of Small Business’ earn more than $250,000. This recession started when the wealthy got huge tax cuts. They should do fine if their taxes are raised back to normal.

    1. I. Earnedmine says:

      Why don`t you aspire to be in the top 3%? Instead of wanting to take from someone else. They earned it What have you done? Served your country?
      Or are you riding on a student loan you have no intention of paying back?
      maybe a Liberal arts degree?
      No good answer? De Gette voter are you? Welfare rat?

  9. Joe says:

    I have to agree, that Obama has no idea was is going on he has never had to work for a living..

  10. Thomas Maddox says:

    Let me finish… I’m not done lying yet! How DARE you challenge anything I say! I am OBAMA!!! Did you not get the memo? You will NOT act like some kind of… of… journalist when talking to ME! Now get out of here you Texas maggot. I have a 2PM Tee Time!

  11. Colorado Gal says:

    The onoy thing left at the end of this interview was that the Denver Reporter didn’t slobber! If this wasn’t a setup interview by the Obama Whitehouse, I don’t know what was. Come on Colorado, couldn’t you see right through his Agenda? To those of you that were fooled in 2008, you beed to be committed if you can’t see through this by now and vote for this guy in 2012 – I hope Hillary gives him a ‘run for his money’.

    1. Reverend Wright says:

      I wonder if she swallowed?

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