Thursday, November 17, 2016

Obama: Congress stopped me from helping Trump supporters

I was at a hardware store last night, wearing my Hillary button, and clerks there knew how the Republicans have been almost totally blocking President Obama's initiatives. So why are so many people still ignorant of what has been going on?

By Brent Griffiths
11/15/16 10:44 AM EST

The Republicans did it on purpose, in the hope that it would gain them the presidency.

President Barack Obama blamed congressional Republicans on Tuesday for blocking his efforts to address the economic concerns of the American people before President-elect Donald Trump and others exploited it for political gain.

“And frankly that was — that's been my agenda for the last eight years,” Obama said at a joint news conference with Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens. “I think raising wages, investing in infrastructure, making sure that people have access to good education that equip them for the jobs of the future, those are all agenda items that would help alleviate some of the economic fractures and dislocations that people are experiencing.”

Obama noted that despite congressional intransigence, his approval rating remains high. Maybe Americans “just wanted to shake things up,” the president mused as he sought to explain why Trump won the election despite his popularity and the fact, he said, that people are “indisputably better off.”


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