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    I am the best president I've ever been

    In President Obama Exit Interview with NPR, he said ,quote,"I'm the best president I've ever been right now."
    Does he mean that he's best president ever in the American history, or does he mean that he's the best president he himself could possibly be.
    Thank you.
    Last edited by masterding; 18-Jan-2017 at 04:02.

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    Re: I am the best president I've ever been

    I think it means that he sees himself on the climax now; better than ever before during the past 8 years.
    But I'm not a teacher so let's wait what the experts say.

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    Re: I am the best president I've ever been

    You are correct here. Neither of your earlier two conjectures is right. He meant that he thinks he is a better president now than at any earlier time in his presidency.

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    Re: I am the best president I've ever been

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    so let's wait what the experts say.
    Natural is "Let's wait until we 'hear' or 'read' what the experts say." Until is essential.

    Or you could say "Let's await what ..." That is equally natural.
    Last edited by probus; 19-Jan-2017 at 14:04.

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