President Obama on Thursday rejected suggestions that he had scaled back his agenda after running into opposition from Congressional Republicans, saying that many of the policies he pushed for had already been passed.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Obama was asked about his past rhetoric promising to change the way Washington worked and offering lofty goals.

“Do you think you were naive back then or have you recalibrated your expectations and your ambitions,” Tapper asked the president.

“Well, part of it is we got a lot of that stuff done, ” responded Obama, in his first interview after Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

“Part of what’s happened is that checklist that I had when I came into office — we have passed a lot of that and we’re implementing a lot of that,” he continued.

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