Barack Obama's approval ratings might have slipped, but he gave himself an appreciative job appraisal on Thursday, saying on the campaign trail that he was a "pretty good president".
Obama gave the upbeat assessment of his own performance during a stem-winding speech to an overflow crowd at a rally for Washington state senator Patty Murray, part of a four-day mid-term election campaign swing.
"I've been inspired by you. Wherever I go, travelling across this country, especially when I meet young people, I'm reminded of your energy, and your drive, and your imagination," Obama told several hundred young people.
"For all the problems we're going through right now, we still have the best workers on earth, the finest universities on earth, we've got the best entrepreneurs on earth, we've got the freest, most vibrant economy on earth," he said.
One female supporter then yelled out "the best president on earth" and Obama replied, "Well, I won't say that, but we got a pretty good president".