On Thursday President Obama welcomed our good friends from the North for an official state visit from the newly elected Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. In flattering and kind speeches the President praised our Canadian friends and gushed about the close relationship that we share. All things, I gladly echo. We do love Canada, even if we disagree on certain political issues. However, the President did, of course, say some pretty laughable things (and some pretty despicable things) too.
The best example of this came after the President was asked about the divisions in our nation and the Republican presidential primary. President Obama answered by refusing to take any blame for the divisions that have developed in our nation during his time as President; in fact, he laid all of the blame at the feet of the Republican Party and the news media. He then pushed further and seemed to argue that the Republican Party was fear mongering, advocating xenophobia and had taken absolutist positions, while he himself had been far more moderate in his proposals. (I’m sure this is why the President couldn’t allow himself to moderate his socialized healthcare plans, his massive tax and spending increases and why he said he would veto a GOP plan to cut Planned Parenthood funding – because he’s not an absolutist.)
“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. 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 Margaret, 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.
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.”
Starting at 32:30 into the press conference.
It’s absolutely disgusting to watch him shift the blame for his failures to the people who fought to protect the American people from those failures. Just disgusting.
Here’s President Obama’s speech welcoming the Canadian delegation to the United States, the first such state trip in two decades.
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