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LA mayor: Obama 'being humble' in giving self 'incomplete' grade

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A top Democrat defended President Barack Obama's self-assessed "incomplete" grade after a term in office, arguing that the president was simply "being humble."

"I give him an ‘A’ for effort.  I give him an ‘A’ for making sure that Americans are better off today than they were four years ago,” Antonio Villaraigosa, the chairman of the Democratic National Convention and mayor of Los Angeles, told reporters this morning.

If the Republican National Convention was all about presenting presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's softer side, the Democratic National Convention hopes to shore up key parts of President Barack Obama's voting coalition. NBC's Chuck Todd reports.

Monday, President Obama was asked by a television reporter in Colorado how he would grade his performance on the economy.

"You know, I would say ‘incomplete,'" said Obama.

"What I would say," Obama reportedly added, "is the steps that we have taken in saving the auto industry, in making sure that college is more affordable, and investing in clean energy and science and technology and research, those are all the things that we are going to need to grow over the long term."

Rep. Xavier Becerra talks about the role of Latino voters as well as the enthusiasm gap heading into the DNC.

"I think he’s being humble when he says that," Villaraigosa said of Obama during a brief visit to the convention floor here in Charlotte.

Villaraigosa did not answer a question from NBC News about John Burton, the chairman of the California Democratic Party who yesterday compared GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan to the Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. 

Today, The Sacramento Bee reports that Burton went home to California for a root canal.