President Obama stated during an interview with David Axelrod that he feels his original vision of “One America” is still true today and that Donald Trump winning does not mean those dreams have failed.
President Obama said, “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.”
Obama said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) , along with the former Fox News CEO, Roger Ailes, “specifically mobilized a backlash to this vision” of an America united around causes of common good.
In Obama’s interview with Axelrod, he said McConnell acted “very cynically” in rejecting the United States the president tried to bring out. Obama stated, “Republicans can just just throw sand in the gears and prove disunity through their own actions.”
Obama felt the Republican attitude was, “That if we just say no, then that will puncture the balloon, that all this talk about hope and change and no red state and blue state is — is proven to be a mirage, a fantasy.”
Obama continued, “Obviously in the wake of the election and Trump winning, a lot of people have — 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 — and full of energy and dynamism.”
Obama said most Americans still subscribe to his own 2008 campaign vision of hope and change.
“Now, I would argue that during the entire eight years that I’ve been president, that spirit of America has still been there in all sorts of ways. 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.”
H/T: The Hill
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