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Essential Politics: Obama says some of most revered presidents were polarizing

Essential Politics: Obama says some of most revered presidents were polarizing

I’m Christina Bellantoni, the Essential Politics host today. Let’s get started.

As he enters his last year in office, President Obama said he hopes he has created "a tone for the next president" that is less strident than the political rhetoric on the campaign trail.

"Some of our most revered presidents were hugely polarizing. And people cussed them and called them everything but a child of God," Obama told The Times’ Christi Parsons in a

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