Bush Happy With First Six Months of Presidency

By Jason Pierce | July 7, 2008 | 8:28 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Passing the six-month mark in his presidency last week, President Bush said Thursday that his is "one of the most constructive first six months of any presidency."

Bush cited his $1.35 trillion tax cut, greater bipartisanship and an impending compromise on the patient's bill of rights as reasons for giving himself high marks.

The president's comments come at a time when many believe his agenda is in jeopardy, and much criticism is coming from both Democrat and Republican Congressmen, forcing him to compromise on several issues.

However, Bush said he was optimistic about the progress made on his agenda. "A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it," Bush told reporters at the White House.

"But dealing with the Congress is a matter of give and take. The president doesn't get everything he wants; the Congress doesn't get everything they want. But we're finding good common ground."