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“NO WAY!”: Trump Replies Obama’s Statement that He Could have Defeated Him

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The war of words between outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama and incoming President Donald Trump continued with Trump rejecting Obama’s claim that he could have defeated him in the November 8 presidential election if he had run against him.

Trump, in a reply to the outgoing President’s claim, took to his twitter handle and wrote in capital letters: “NO WAY!”.

The president-elect also listed some policies under Obama’s administration, which he thought  constituted baggage to the outgoing President, and would have made it difficult for Obama to be re-elected had the U.S. Constitution allowed him to contest for the third term.

“President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc,” Trump fired back at the outgoing president from whom he would take over on January 20, 2017.

“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! The world was gloomy before I won – there was no hope. Now the market is up nearly 10% and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!” Trump added.

Obama had told his former senior adviser David Axelrod in an interview for the “The Axe Files” podcast, produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN, and aired on Monday, that Americans still subscribed to his vision of progressive change, asserting that he could have succeeded in this year’s election if he was eligible to run.

“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilised 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,” Obama said.

NAN reports that Obama, a former Illinois senator, still receives high popularity ratings among Americans, currently exceeding 50 per cent, one of the highest for a two-term U.S. president.

Obama had in his last Christmas address from the White House, listed some of his administration’s achievements in the last eight years.

“Together, we fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years, and got unemployment to a nine-year low. We secured health insurance for another 20 million Americans, and new protections for folks who already had insurance.

We made America more respected around the world, took on the mantle of leadership in the fight to protect this planet for our kids, and much, much more.

By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we first got here. And I’m hopeful we’ll build on the progress we’ve made in the years to come,” Obama said.

The two-term president said that there was a difference between Trump’s change mantra of 2016 and the hope-and-change vision he heralded in 2008, which won him outstanding victory over Republican John McCain.

“In the wake of the election and Trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that somehow, it really was a fantasy. What I would argue is, is that the culture actually did shift, that the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and full of energy and dynamism.”

In the 50-minute session, Obama repeated his suggestion that Democrats had ignored entire segments of the voting population, leading to Trump’s win.

He implied that Clinton’s campaign had not made a vocal enough argument directed toward Americans who had not felt the benefits of the economic recovery.

“If you think you’re winning, then you have a tendency, just like in sports, maybe to play it safer.”

He, however, said he believed Clinton “performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances” and was mistreated by the media.

The podcast interview was Obama’s latest post-election analysis, which had focused on Democrats’ failure to convince non-urban voters and a media preoccupied with negative stories about Clinton.

Obama said his party this year had not made an emotional connection to voters in hard-hit communities, relying instead on policy points he said did not make enough of an impact.

“We’re not there on the ground communicating not only the dry policy aspects of this, but that we care about these communities, that we’re bleeding for these communities. It means caring about local races, state boards or school boards and city councils and states legislative races. And not thinking that somehow, just a great set of progressive policies that we present to the New York Times editorial board will win the day,” he said.

Obama cited an unlikely model for future Democratic success: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who he said had executed an effective – if obstructionist – strategy.

Mitch McConnell’s insight, just from a pure tactical perspective, was pretty smart and well executed, the degree of discipline that he was able to impose on his caucus was impressive. His insight was that we just have to say no to that,” Obama said.

He said part of his post-presidential strategy would be developing young Democratic leaders, including organisers, journalists and politicians, who could galvanise voters behind a progressive agenda.

The outgoing president also said that he would not hesitate to weigh in on important political debates after he leaves office.

8 Comments

  1. Ada

    December 27, 2016 at 8:45 am

    I really wonder if Trump can run the American government if he uses his time to comment on everything on Twitter or Mike Pence will do the job while he fights his perceived enemies on social media, it is sad. Obama made the comment in an interview and he gave his personal opinion, Trump is entitled to his opinion as well no doubt but must he respond to everything or everyone?

    • Dee

      December 27, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Very sad… he is petty and immature and needs to stop taking everything so personal. If as the president-elect, he spends so much time responding to what people say, I don’t know what he will do as president with the full weight of governance on his shoulders. Really very sad.

    • EE

      December 27, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Hian, tweeting is typing no, I’m sure he can multi-task.
      Trump is an entertainer, Obama isn’t, his style doesn’t preclude him from being successful.

      But didn’t Obama get the memo, Americans are meant to be racist! Voting in a black man twice was bad enough, three times is just asking too much.

  2. lily

    December 27, 2016 at 8:55 am

    what an idiot. more jobs were created under Obama. he does no research and contradicts himself.

  3. Frozen Gate

    December 27, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Donald Trump need to grow up and he needs it fast or else…

  4. Xoxo

    December 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Donald Trump talks too much. Obama is almost done with his tenure he can blow his trumpet. A man like trump who has never held a public office is busy responding to everything President Obama says an keeps bragging he can do better. Its okay to blow your trumpet Trump as long as its after you’ve actually done a lot for the American people. Wait till you get into office and let people see you do the things you promised during your campaign. They would be the ones to even help you toot your trumpet. Talk is cheap. And actions speak louder than words a clear example of this is our ‘able’ Nigerian president. The truth is when you finally get into that office its a different ball game entirely.

  5. artklub

    December 27, 2016 at 10:55 am

    American Buhari

  6. Iris

    December 27, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Lol I honestly think at this point Obama doesn’t care about optics anymore. He is on his way out. Like he said, ‘Obama out’. Trump on the other hand needs to learn to put his bloody phone down.

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