Robert Caro, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of an acclaimed multi-volume biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, had compliments for President Obama on Sunday.
"I feel Obama was faced with some real problems," he said on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS. "We hardly remember, anymore, the extent of the financial crisis. I happen to think he's made great strides."
He continued: "People find a lot wrong with health care legislation, as do I, the bill that's passed, but I keep remembering something that Lyndon Johnson said. Once we pass it, we can always go back and amend it. And I feel it was an accomplishment to get a health care bill."
But Caro did say that Johnson, known for his skill in working with Congress, would have likely worked to pass health care legislation differently. Contrary to Obama's more hands-off approach, "Johnson would've been on the phone every minute" cajoling lawmakers into supporting the bill, he said.
Caro's fourth installment of his series on Johnson, "The Passage of Power," was reviewed by former President Bill Clinton in The New York Times this week.
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