During his speech to the Business Roundtable, President Obama hijacked the Republican debate by taking down Donald Trump for claiming that America is not great.
The President said:
Everything is dark, and everything is terrible. They don’t seem to offer many solutions… There’s nothing particularly patriotic or American about talking down America, especially when we stand as one of the few sources of economic strength in the world.
If our leaders can put common sense over ideology, and the good of the country over the good of the party then we’ll do just fine. Despite the perennial doom and gloom that I guess is inevitably a part of every presidential campaign, America is winning right now.
America’s great right now. We can do even better, but the reason I’m so confident about our future is not because of our government, or the size of our GDP, or our military, but because everybody in this country that I meet regardless of their station in life, their race, their religion, the region they live in. They do believe in a common creed that if people work hard in this country, they should be able to get ahead.
It is a part of politics. Republicans would have nothing to run on if they admitted that America is doing better than almost everyone else. Donald Trump’s whole campaign is based on the feeling among Republicans that America is not great.
There is a viscerally unpatriotic feeling to Trump and the Republican Party’s constant talking down of America. According to Trump and others, America is only great when a Republican is in office. The only reason they don’t think that America is great is because they aren’t in power.
Donald Trump bad mouths America, but he has no plan for how to improve the country. His whole platform is a cult of personality centered around Trump’s self-described greatness.
Trump’s entire presidential campaign is a gimmick, but President Obama cut through the bluster to do more damage than any of the Republican frontrunner’s opponents are capable of.
Obama hijacked the Republican debate and popped Trump’s balloon by slicing and dicing the centerpiece of the billionaire’s bid for the White House.
Republicans will spend hours telling each other how lousy the country is, but President Obama was correct. Their talk is not only factually inaccurate. It is unpatriotic, and Obama hit on the fatal flaw that is destined to doom Republicans in 2016.
Negativity turns off voters, but negativity is all that Republicans have got. The one time candidate of hope and change demonstrated why positivity about America and its future will always win on Election Day.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association
When a former federal prosecutor "guarantees" a victory on the basis of the evidence against…
The average political news consumer is finding far more negative coverage of Joe Biden than…
Even some of the most cynical political observers could be surprised that the GOP would…
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene took her COVID misinformation to a new place and faceplanted when…
Corporate reporters were attempting to criticize President Biden for taking off his mask to eat.