Barack Obama claims he would have beat Donald Trump if he could have run for a third term
Over the long weekend Barack Obama made the claim that if he was allowed to run for a third term he would have defeated Donald Trump. Here is more:
President Obama suggested in an exit interview with his former top adviser that, had he been able to run, he could have won a third term in the White House.
Describing his confidence in an America that is “tolerant” and “full of energy,” Obama said: “I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that … if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.”
Needless to say Donald Trump took exception:
“He should say that but I say NO WAY!”
But Barack Obama defended his comment:
“I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say the vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one,” Obama told Axelrod, defending his assertion.
The voters had a choice between continuing Barack Obama’s agenda by voting for Hillary Clinton–who was basically running on the promise of continuing Barack Obama’s agenda–or moving in a different direction and they chose the latter.
However I do not totally disagree with the outgoing President because I think any other politician with any name recognition probably would have defeated the billionaire businessman. The Democrats simply picked a horrible candidate who was one of the most disliked people to ever run for the Presidency. (Donald Trump is probably right behind her in this category.) I don’t think the voters rejected the agenda as much as they rejected the messenger.
While Donald Trump took this as an affront I do not think this comment was aimed at him. I think Barack Obama was taking one final shot at Hillary Clinton before he left office, there is no doubt there is no love lost between the Obama’s and the Clinton’s.
Of course my dislike for Donald Trump could be clouding my vision: I reject Barack Obama’s agenda and maybe the voters did also, maybe I am selling the voters short. Perhaps this is Barack Obama’s attempt at protecting his legacy by claiming it was not his agenda the voters rejected but rather the messenger. It’s not me, it’s you…
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium