Barack Obama continues to blame everyone else but himself for losing the House in 2010 the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016. Speaking to an audience of young liberal leaders in Chicago, Obama said that special interest groups dominate most the debates in Washington DC. He did admit that he failed to unite the red and blue states, when in reality, he caused them to separate further than in recent years.
In his first public appearance since leaving the White House in January, former president Barack Obama told young leaders here Monday that “special interests dominate the debates in Washington” and that he had failed to realize his “aspirational” goal of uniting Americans in red and blue states.
“That was an aspirational comment,” the former president said of his famous 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, prompting laughter from the audience at the University of Chicago. He added that when talking to individual Americans from different political backgrounds, you learn that “there’s a lot more that people have in common” than it would appear. “But, obviously, it’s not true when it comes to our politics and our civic life.”
Obama, who has kept a relatively low public profile since the end of his second term, did not mention President Trump once during the 90-minute event. But he said he was determined to galvanize younger Americans to do more politically because they were the ones best positioned to bridge the current political divide.
Rarely have I ever said anything positive about Barack Obama, but I have to give him some credit for telling his audience that not everyone who holds different opinions on immigration are racists. However, I strongly suspect that those words fell on deaf ears as most of those in the crowds seemed to be liberal activists who hate Trump just because.