President Obama said today during a White House joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he, Obama, has “certainly… not contributed to” dividing the country, reports the Daily Caller.
Obama said, “I’ve said at the State of the Union that one of my regrets is the degree to which polarization and the nasty tone of our politics has accelerated rather than waned over the course of the last 7 1/2 years.”
Agreed. And you were president for that time frame. Interesting coincidence, no?
Obama went on to explain who is at fault. Take a wild guess:
I do all kinds of soul searching in terms of, are there things that I can do better to make sure that we are unifying the country. But I also have to say… that objectively it’s fair to say that the Republican political elites and many of the information outlets, social media and news stations, talk radio, television stations have been feeding the Republican base for the last seven years a notion that everything I do is to be opposed, that cooperation or compromise somehow is a betrayal, that maximalist, absolutist positions on issues are politically advantageous, that there is a ‘them’ out there and an ‘us’ and ‘them’ are the folks who are causing whatever the problems you’re experiencing and the tone of that politics, which I certainly have not contributed to.
No, Mr. President, “objectively it’s fair to say” that your radical anti-Americanism and your aim to fundamentally transform this country are to blame. It’s not the fault of the vast right-wing conspiracy.
You know, I don’t think that I was the one to prompt questions about my birth certificate, for example. I don’t remember saying, “Hey, why don’t you ask me about that?” “Why don’t you question whether I’m American or whether I’m loyal or whether I have America’s best interests at heart.” Those aren’t things that were prompted by any actions of mine, and so what you’re seeing within the Republican Party is, to some degree, all of those efforts over a course of time creating an environment where somebody like a Donald Trump can thrive.
Questions about whether Obama has America’s best interests at heart weren’t prompted by any of his actions? Seriously? Sounds like someone is living in a river in Egypt.