President Obama attempted to turn his Saturday White House weekly address into a subtle dig at Donald Trump, but Obama was the one who ended up with egg on his face.
The president made reference to the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack, and claimed that we as a nation shouldn’t respond positively to divisive people.
Clip via The White House
“In the face of terrorism, how we respond matters,” he said at about the 2:45 mark. “We cannot give in to those who would divide us. We cannot react in ways that erode the fabric of our society. Because it’s our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, our treating of everybody fairly — no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith — that’s part of what makes our country great.”
“We cannot give in to those who would divide us”?
Although Americans felt that greater racial harmony would result from the election of the first African-American president, just the opposite occurred. In September 4, 2015, Rasmussen Reports conducted a survey and found:
Only 20% of Likely U.S. Voters believe President Obama has brought Americans of different races closer together, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) think Obama has driven those of different races further apart instead. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say his words and actions have had no major impact either way.
As for the president himself, Gallup reported in February of 2015 that Obama is the most polarizing president in modern history.
Throughout President Barack Obama’s sixth full year in office, an average of 79% of Democrats, compared with 9% of Republicans, approved of the job he was doing. That 70-percentage-point party gap in approval ratings ties for the fifth-most-polarized year for a president in Gallup records dating back to 1953.
Gallup reported that Obama ranked among the 10 most divisive presidents in the last 60 years during his then-six years in office.
In another bit of irony, Obama made this claim in his address Saturday:
“In Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Syria and beyond, we’ll stay relentless against terrorists like al Qaida and ISIL,“ at about the 1:40 mark. “We will destroy them and we’ll keep doing everything in our power to protect our homeland.”
Despite his promise to “keep doing everything in our power to protect our homeland,” the Heritage Foundation’s “2015 Index of US Military Strength” indicated that the administration is decimating our military.
Our armed forces “would be ill-equipped to handle two, near-simultaneous major regional contingencies (MRC),” the report said.
“The US military itself is aging. It’s shrinking in size,” said Dakota Wood, a senior research fellow of defense programs at the Heritage Foundation. “And it’s quickly becoming problematic in terms of being able to address more than one major conflict.”
All things considered, the president should have just played golf Saturday.
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