Headlines across the country on Monday quoted President Obama and his assertion that he could have beaten Donald Trump and secured a third term in the white house. Term limits prevent this. President-elect Donald Trump, though, didn’t take the President’s bluster lying down and immediately turned to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter.
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“President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me,’ the president-elect tweeted. ‘He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.”
Pundits everywhere have quietly noted that this election pitted a seasoned politician with a long (and some would say checkered) track record against Donald Trump–who has no political past. Obama’s 8 years in the White House have armed his critics with a long list of political shortcomings, as Trump noted.
Obama’s argument for his continued popularity centers around his idea that he unified the nation. He described this unity in an interview with CNN in which he said his base represents “one America that is tolerant and diverse and open, and full of energy and dynamism.”
“You know, I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I – if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.”
“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’,”he said.
Obama argued that Trump fought directly against this vision of unity, and used fear to rally support. Trump, though, preached a vision of unity, claiming that he would unite all Americans as “one people, under one God, saluting one American flag.”
Obama says the country itself is a realization of his vision. “It manifests itself in communities all across the country. We see it in this younger generation that is smarter, more tolerant, more innovative, more creative, more entrepreneurial, would not even think about, you know, discriminating somebody against, for example, because of their sexual orientation,” he said.
Trump’s retort, though, is a moot point. He lashed back and–as if he knew full well it was all empty rhetoric–moved on. His next tweet was back on point and furthering his creation of his political record.
“The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!” he wrote.