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BOY, BARACK OBAMA, YOU KNOW, HE ONCE SAID I’M LeBRON, BABY. ONCE SAID I’M LeBRON, BABY. HE SURE LOOKED LIKE LeBRON WHEN HE SURE LOOKED LIKE LeBRON WHEN HE WAS SPEAKING. HE WAS SPEAKING. AND THAT WAS LIKE AN EASY LAYUP AND THAT WAS LIKE AN EASY LAYUP WHEN HE SAID HOW HARD CAN IT BE WHEN HE SAID HOW HARD CAN IT BE TO CRITICIZE NEO NAZIS? TO CRITICIZE NEO NAZIS?>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>SORT OF PUTS YOU IN THE PLACE>>SORT OF PUTS YOU IN THE PLACE WHERE WE ARE WHERE IT’S JUST WHERE WE ARE WHERE IT’S JUST SURREAL THAT DONALD TRUMP HAS SURREAL THAT DONALD TRUMP HAS TROUBLE EVEN CRITICIZING NEO TROUBLE EVEN CRITICIZING NEO NAZIS AND WHITE SUPREMACISTS. NAZIS AND WHITE SUPREMACISTS. DO YOU KNOW WHAT, WE HAVE A GUY DO YOU KNOW WHAT, WE HAVE A GUY WHO WANTS TO BE IN THE UNITED WHO WANTS TO BE IN THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT AND WE WILL STATES SUPREME COURT AND WE WILL GET TO THIS LATER, TOO, BRETT GET TO THIS LATER, TOO, BRETT KAVANAUGH WHO WOULD NOT EVEN KAVANAUGH WHO WOULD NOT EVEN ANSWER WHETHER IT WAS RIGHT TO ANSWER WHETHER IT WAS RIGHT TO STOP PEOPLE FROM COMING FROM — STOP PEOPLE FROM COMING FROM — FROM COMING INTO THE UNITED FROM COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE. STATES BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE. I MEAN, THAT’S UNHEARD OF. I MEAN, THAT’S UNHEARD OF. BUT, AGAIN, WE WILL GET TO THAT BUT, AGAIN, WE WILL GET TO THAT A LITTLE BIT LATER ON. A LITTLE BIT LATER ON. BUT THESE ARE STRANGE, STRANGE BUT THESE ARE STRANGE, STRANGE TIMES AND UNFORTUNATELY WEAK AND TIMES AND UNFORTUNATELY WEAK AND SNIFFLING MEN AND WOMEN WILL DO SNIFFLING MEN AND WOMEN WILL DO OR SAY JUST ABOUT ANYTHING, JUST OR SAY JUST ABOUT ANYTHING, JUST LOOK TO CAPITOL HILL TO SEE LOOK TO CAPITOL HILL TO SEE THAT, TO TRY TO GET IN THE GOOD THAT, TO TRY TO GET IN THE GOOD GRACES OF A MAN WHO HAS GRACES OF A MAN WHO HAS ABSOLUTELY NO UNDERSTANDING ABSOLUTELY NO UNDERSTANDING ABOUT WHAT AMERICA’S ABOUT WHAT AMERICA’S CONSTITUTIONAL NORMS ARE OR WHO CONSTITUTIONAL NORMS ARE OR WHO WE ARE, WHAT VALUES WE HAVE AS A WE ARE, WHAT VALUES WE HAVE AS A COUNTRY. COUNTRY.>>YEAH.>>YEAH. MY DAUGHTER HAS STOPPED TALKING MY DAUGHTER HAS STOPPED TALKING TO ME ABOUT POLITICS QUITE SOME TO ME ABOUT POLITICS QUITE SOME TIME AGO BECAUSE IT WAS ALL TOO TIME AGO BECAUSE IT WAS ALL TOO MUCH AND TOO NEGATIVE. MUCH AND TOO NEGATIVE. MY PHONE LIT UP, BOTH OF THEM, MY PHONE LIT UP, BOTH OF THEM, DURING OBAMA’S SPEECH AND SNAP DURING OBAMA’S SPEECH AND SNAP CHATS AND YOU KNOW WHAT, IT ALL CHATS AND YOU KNOW WHAT, IT ALL SORT OF COMING IN BECAUSE THEY SORT OF COMING IN BECAUSE THEY WERE FINALLY EXCITED AGAIN. WERE FINALLY EXCITED AGAIN. SO THAT CERTAINLY SAYS SO THAT CERTAINLY SAYS SOMETHING. SOMETHING. FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA CONTINUED FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA CONTINUED HIS FORAY BACK INTO THE POLICE HIS FORAY BACK INTO THE POLICE CAL SCENE THIS WEEKEND, ONCE CAL SCENE THIS WEEKEND, ONCE AGAIN MAKING THE CASE AGAINST AGAIN MAKING THE CASE AGAINST THE MAN NOW HOLDING HIS OLD JOB, THE MAN NOW HOLDING HIS OLD JOB, PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE FORMER PRESIDENT WAS ON THE THE FORMER PRESIDENT WAS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN CALIFORNIA ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN CALIFORNIA ON SATURDAY WORKING TO RALLY VOTERS SATURDAY WORKING TO RALLY VOTERS AS DEMOCRATS MAKE PLAYS FOR AS DEMOCRATS MAKE PLAYS FOR SEVEN COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL SEVEN COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS THERE. DISTRICTS THERE. OBAMA’S SPEECH WAS NOTABLY OBAMA’S SPEECH WAS NOTABLY DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE HE DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE HE DELIVERED IN ILLINOIS ON FRIDAY, DELIVERED IN ILLINOIS ON FRIDAY, WORKING TO TURN OUT THE VOTE IN WORKING TO TURN OUT THE VOTE IN NOVEMBER RATHER THAN DIRECTLY NOVEMBER RATHER THAN DIRECTLY ATTACKING THE TRUMP ATTACKING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION. STILL, THE FORMER PRESIDENT TOOK STILL, THE FORMER PRESIDENT TOOK A NUMBER OF VEILED SHOTS AT HIS A NUMBER OF VEILED SHOTS AT HIS SUCCESSOR. SUCCESSOR.>>WE’RE IN A CHALLENGING MOMENT>>WE’RE IN A CHALLENGING MOMENT BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ARC BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ARC OF AMERICAN HISTORY THERE HAS OF AMERICAN HISTORY THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PUSH AND PULL ALWAYS BEEN A PUSH AND PULL BETWEEN THOSE WHO WANT TO GO BETWEEN THOSE WHO WANT TO GO FORWARD AND THOSE WHO WANT TO FORWARD AND THOSE WHO WANT TO LOOK BACK, BETWEEN THOSE WHO LOOK BACK, BETWEEN THOSE WHO WANT TO DIVIDE AND THOSE WHO ARE WANT TO DIVIDE AND THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING TO BRING PEOPLE SEEKING TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, BETWEEN THOSE WHO TOGETHER, BETWEEN THOSE WHO PROMOTE A POLITICS OF HOPE AND PROMOTE A POLITICS OF HOPE AND THOSE WHO EXPLOIT POLITICS OF THOSE WHO EXPLOIT POLITICS OF FEAR. FEAR. I DEEPLY BELIEVE THERE ARE NO I DEEPLY BELIEVE THERE ARE NO SET OF PROBLEMS, THERE ARE NO SET OF PROBLEMS, THERE ARE NO SET OF ISSUES THAT WE CAN’T SET OF ISSUES THAT WE CAN’T SOLVE IF WE’RE WORKING TOGETHER SOLVE IF WE’RE WORKING TOGETHER AND WE’RE TRUE TO THE TRADITIONS AND WE’RE TRUE TO THE TRADITIONS THAT ARE BEST IN AMERICA. THAT ARE BEST IN AMERICA. IT’S ALWAYS TEMPTING FOR IT’S ALWAYS TEMPTING FOR POLITICIANS, FOR THEIR OWN GAIN POLITICIANS, FOR THEIR OWN GAIN AND FOR PEOPLE IN POWER TO TRY AND FOR PEOPLE IN POWER TO TRY TO SEE IF THEY CAN DIVIDE TO SEE IF THEY CAN DIVIDE PEOPLE, SCAPEGOAT FOLKS, TURN PEOPLE, SCAPEGOAT FOLKS, TURN THEM ON EACH OTHER, BECAUSE WHEN THEM ON EACH OTHER, BECAUSE WHEN THAT HAPPENS YOU GET GRIDLOCK THAT HAPPENS YOU GET GRIDLOCK AND GOVERNMENT DOESN’T WORK AND AND GOVERNMENT DOESN’T WORK AND PEOPLE GET CYNICAL AND THEY PEOPLE GET CYNICAL AND THEY DECIDE NOT TO PARTICIPATE. DECIDE NOT TO PARTICIPATE.>>MIKA, YOU TALKED ABOUT BEFORE>>MIKA, YOU TALKED ABOUT BEFORE HOW THIS IS UNUSUAL FOR A FORMER HOW THIS IS UNUSUAL FOR A FORMER PRESIDENT TO ACTUALLY BE PRESIDENT TO ACTUALLY BE CAMPAIGNING AGAINST A CURRENT CAMPAIGNING AGAINST A CURRENT PRESIDENT, THE CURRENT PRESIDENT, THE CURRENT PRESIDENT’S INTERESTS. PRESIDENT’S INTERESTS. YOU OF COURSE HAVE DONALD TRUMP YOU OF COURSE HAVE DONALD TRUMP WHO HAS BROKEN EVERY RULE, YOU WHO HAS BROKEN EVERY RULE, YOU HAVE DONALD TRUMP WHO IS STILL HAVE DONALD TRUMP WHO IS STILL CAMPAIGNING AGAINST A WOMAN HE CAMPAIGNING AGAINST A WOMAN HE DEFEATED TWO YEARS AGO, STILL DEFEATED TWO YEARS AGO, STILL HAVING CROWDS CHANT LOCK HER UP, HAVING CROWDS CHANT LOCK HER UP, LOCK HER UP. LOCK HER UP. DONALD TRUMP IS MAKING THIS A DONALD TRUMP IS MAKING THIS A CONTINUATION OF A CAMPAIGN CONTINUATION OF A CAMPAIGN AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON AND A AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON AND A CONSTANT CAMPAIGN AGAINST BARACK CONSTANT CAMPAIGN AGAINST BARACK OBAMA. OBAMA. SO IF I WERE A DEMOCRAT AND IF I SO IF I WERE A DEMOCRAT AND IF I WERE SOMEBODY THAT WANTED TO WIN WERE SOMEBODY THAT WANTED TO WIN THIS FALL, I WOULD HOPE THAT THIS FALL, I WOULD HOPE THAT BARACK OBAMA WOULD GO ALL IN, GO BARACK OBAMA WOULD GO ALL IN, GO THERE, AND DO WHAT HE NEEDS TO THERE, AND DO WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO TO DRAW THE LINE, NOT BETWEEN DO TO DRAW THE LINE, NOT BETWEEN HIM, BUT DRAW THE LINE BETWEEN HIM, BUT DRAW THE LINE BETWEEN AMERICA’S POLITICAL AND AMERICA’S POLITICAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL NORMS. CONSTITUTIONAL NORMS.>>YES.>>YES.>>AND JUST HOW DEMENTED AND>>AND JUST HOW DEMENTED AND TWISTED SOME OF THE STATEMENTS TWISTED SOME OF THE STATEMENTS AND POLICIES THIS PRESIDENT HAS AND POLICIES THIS PRESIDENT HAS OMOTED OVER THE PAST YEAR AND OMOTED OVER THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN. A HALF HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN. SOMEBODY HAS GOT TO DO IT SOMEBODY HAS GOT TO DO IT BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY DOES NOT HAVE A VOICE OF OP DOES NOT HAVE A VOICE OF OP OPPOSITION OPPOSITION OPPOSITION. OPPOSITION. BARACK OBAMA IS THAT VOICE RIGHT BARACK OBAMA IS THAT VOICE RIGHT NOW. NOW.>>YOU COULD ARGUE HE WAS>>YOU COULD ARGUE HE WAS CAMPAIGNING FOR DECENCY AND CAMPAIGNING FOR DECENCY AND BELIEF IN THE SYSTEM, QUITE BELIEF IN THE SYSTEM, QUITE FRANKLY. FRANKLY. ONE OF OBAMA’S COMMENTS FROM HIS ONE OF OBAMA’S COMMENTS FROM HIS SPEECH IN ILLINOIS ON FRIDAY SPEECH IN ILLINOIS ON FRIDAY APPEARS TO HAVE GOTTEN UNDER APPEARS TO HAVE GOTTEN UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SKIN. PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SKIN. DURING THAT SPEECH MR. OBAMA DURING THAT SPEECH MR. OBAMA REMINDED THE CROWD THAT THE REMINDED THE CROWD THAT THE ECONOMIC SUCCESS MR. TRUMP LIKES ECONOMIC SUCCESS MR. TRUMP LIKES TO CLAIM CREDIT FOR ACTUALLY TO CLAIM CREDIT FOR ACTUALLY BEGAN UNDER HIS WATCH. BEGAN UNDER HIS WATCH.>>BY THE TIME I LEFT OFFICE,>>BY THE TIME I LEFT OFFICE, HOUSEHOLD INCOME WAS NEAR ITS HOUSEHOLD INCOME WAS NEAR ITS ALL TIME HIGH AND THE UNINSURED ALL TIME HIGH AND THE UNINSURED RATE HAD HIT AN ALL TIME LOW AND RATE HAD HIT AN ALL TIME LOW AND WAGES WERE RISING AND POVERTY WAGES WERE RISING AND POVERTY RATES WERE FALLING. RATES WERE FALLING. I MENTION ALL THIS JUST SO WHEN I MENTION ALL THIS JUST SO WHEN YOU HEAR HOW GREAT THE ECONOMY YOU HEAR HOW GREAT THE ECONOMY IS DOING RIGHT NOW, LET’S JUST IS DOING RIGHT NOW, LET’S JUST REMEMBER WHEN THIS RECOVERY REMEMBER WHEN THIS RECOVERY STARTED. STARTED.>>ALL RIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT. FOLLOWING THAT COMMENT PRESIDENT FOLLOWING THAT COMMENT PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRED OFF A NUMBER OF TRUMP FIRED OFF A NUMBER OF TWEETS ON THE ECONOMY OVER THE TWEETS ON THE ECONOMY OVER THE WEEKEND INCLUDING ONE CITING WEEKEND INCLUDING ONE CITING COMMENTS FROM FORMER HOUSE COMMENTS FROM FORMER HOUSE OVERSIGHT CHAIRMAN JASON OVERSIGHT CHAIRMAN JASON CHAFITIES QUOTING BARACK OBAMA CHAFITIES QUOTING BARACK OBAMA TALKED A LOT ABOUT HOPE BUT TALKED A LOT ABOUT HOPE BUT DONALD TRUMP DELIVERED THE DONALD TRUMP DELIVERED THE AMERICAN DREAM. AMERICAN DREAM. ALL THE ECONOMIC INDICATORS, ALL THE ECONOMIC INDICATORS, WHAT’S HAPPENING OVERSEAS, WHAT’S HAPPENING OVERSEAS, DONALD TRUMP HAS PROVEN TO BE DONALD TRUMP HAS PROVEN TO BE FAR MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN BARACK FAR MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN BARACK OBAMA. OBAMA.>>WOW.>>WOW.>>PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DELIVERING>>PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DELIVERING THE AMERICAN DREAM. THE AMERICAN DREAM. WOW, THAT’S DELIVERING A LOT OF WOW, THAT’S DELIVERING A LOT OF YOU KNOW WHAT. YOU KNOW WHAT. BUT LOOKING AT JUST ONE OF THE BUT LOOKING AT JUST ONE OF THE MOST CLOSELY WATCHED ECONOMIC MOST CLOSELY WATCHED ECONOMIC INDICATORS, JOB CREATION, IT INDICATORS, JOB CREATION, IT APPEARS PRESIDENT OBAMA DOES APPEARS PRESIDENT OBAMA DOES HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OVER HAVE THE ADVANTAGE OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP. SO FAR THIS YEAR AFTER AVERAGE SO FAR THIS YEAR AFTER AVERAGE OF 206,000 JOBS HAVE BEEN ADDED OF 206,000 JOBS HAVE BEEN ADDED PER MONTH UNDER TRUMP, AN UPTICK PER MONTH UNDER TRUMP, AN UPTICK FROM LAST YEAR’S AVERAGE OF FROM LAST YEAR’S AVERAGE OF 180,200. 180,200. DURING HIS SECOND TERM HE NEEDED DURING HIS SECOND TERM HE NEEDED 195, 226 AND 250,000 JOBS PER 195, 226 AND 250,000 JOBS PER MONTH IN HIS FINAL THREE YEARS, MONTH IN HIS FINAL THREE YEARS, JUST ADDING SOME FACTS INTO THE JUST ADDING SOME FACTS INTO THE CONVERSATION, JOE. CONVERSATION, JOE.>>MARK McKINNON, THAT’S THE>>MARK McKINNON, THAT’S THE THING. THING. BARACK OBAMA NEVER COULD GO OUT BARACK OBAMA NEVER COULD GO OUT AND BRAG ABOUT HOW WELL THE AND BRAG ABOUT HOW WELL THE ECONOMY WAS DOING UNDER HIM. ECONOMY WAS DOING UNDER HIM. HE SEEMED TORTURED TO GO OUT AND HE SEEMED TORTURED TO GO OUT AND TELL PEOPLE ACTUALLY THE GOOD TELL PEOPLE ACTUALLY THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT HIS ADMINISTRATION. NEWS ABOUT HIS ADMINISTRATION. HE MAY START DOING THAT NOW, BUT HE MAY START DOING THAT NOW, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF AMERICANS, THERE ARE A LOT OF AMERICANS, AND IT’S FRUSTRATING, THERE ARE AND IT’S FRUSTRATING, THERE ARE EVEN A LOT OF PEOPLE IN NEWS EVEN A LOT OF PEOPLE IN NEWS THAT LISTEN TO DONALD TRUMP AND THAT LISTEN TO DONALD TRUMP AND SEE THE SHOWMANSHIP AND GO, SEE THE SHOWMANSHIP AND GO, WELL, YEAH, THE ECONOMY HAS WELL, YEAH, THE ECONOMY HAS GOTTEN A LOT BETTER UNDER HIM. GOTTEN A LOT BETTER UNDER HIM. NO, IF YOU JUST LOOK AT HARD NO, IF YOU JUST LOOK AT HARD FAST ECONOMIC NUMBERS, THE RATE FAST ECONOMIC NUMBERS, THE RATE OF GROWTH, THE RATE OF — YOU OF GROWTH, THE RATE OF — YOU KNOW, WHETHER YOU LOOK AT THE KNOW, WHETHER YOU LOOK AT THE S&P OR WHATEVER, IT’S ABOUT THE S&P OR WHATEVER, IT’S ABOUT THE SAME UNDER DONALD TRUMP AS IT SAME UNDER DONALD TRUMP AS IT WAS UNDER BARACK OBAMA WHO WAS UNDER BARACK OBAMA WHO ACTUALLY INHERITED THE WORST ACTUALLY INHERITED THE WORST ECONOMY SINCE 1932. ECONOMY SINCE 1932.>>WELL, JOE, I THINK IT’S>>WELL, JOE, I THINK IT’S INTERESTING THAT, YOU KNOW, INTERESTING THAT, YOU KNOW, FIRST OF ALL, WE SHOULD COMPARE FIRST OF ALL, WE SHOULD COMPARE APPLES TO APPLES AND LET’S WAIT APPLES TO APPLES AND LET’S WAIT UNTIL WE HAVE FOUR OR EIGHT UNTIL WE HAVE FOUR OR EIGHT YEARS TO COMPARE AGAINST EACH YEARS TO COMPARE AGAINST EACH OTHER, BUT WE ARE THROWING OUT OTHER, BUT WE ARE THROWING OUT THE RULES OF THE CAMPAIGN. THE RULES OF THE CAMPAIGN. IT’S INTERESTING TO WATCH BARACK IT’S INTERESTING TO WATCH BARACK OBAMA STEP UP AND YOU CAN TELL OBAMA STEP UP AND YOU CAN TELL HE’S RELISHING IT. HE’S RELISHING IT. WHAT’S HAVING TO SEE IS THE WHAT’S HAVING TO SEE IS THE WHOLE FALL I THINK IS GOING TO WHOLE FALL I THINK IS GOING TO BE LIKE THIS WHERE WE’RE GOING BE LIKE THIS WHERE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A SPLIT SCREEN WITH TO HAVE A SPLIT SCREEN WITH BARACK OBAMA AND DONALD TRUMP. BARACK OBAMA AND DONALD TRUMP. ONE IS REALLY GOOD AT ONE IS REALLY GOOD AT CAMPAIGNING ABOUT HOPE, THE CAMPAIGNING ABOUT HOPE, THE OTHER IS REALLY GOOD ABOUT OTHER IS REALLY GOOD ABOUT CAMPAIGNING AGAINST FEAR OR WITH CAMPAIGNING AGAINST FEAR OR WITH FEAR. FEAR. SO WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A SO WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A HOPE/FEAR ELEMENT IN THIS HOPE/FEAR ELEMENT IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND TWO OF THE BEST AT CAMPAIGN AND TWO OF THE BEST AT DOING HOPE AND DOING FEAR. DOING HOPE AND DOING FEAR. SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE. SEE.>>NICK, THOUGH, ALSO THIS ISN’T>>NICK, THOUGH, ALSO THIS ISN’T A NATIONWIDE CONTEST. A NATIONWIDE CONTEST. AS YOU KNOW AND AS OUR VIEWERS AS YOU KNOW AND AS OUR VIEWERS KNOW, WE ARE GOING DISTRICT BY KNOW, WE ARE GOING DISTRICT BY DISTRICT. DISTRICT. YOU KNOW, BARACK OBAMA IS GOING YOU KNOW, BARACK OBAMA IS GOING TO PICK THOSE CALIFORNIA TO PICK THOSE CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS AND ILLINOIS DISTRICTS AND ILLINOIS DISTRICTS, HE’S GOING TO PICK DISTRICTS, HE’S GOING TO PICK OTHER DISTRICTS ACROSS AMERICA OTHER DISTRICTS ACROSS AMERICA WHERE REPUBLICANS ARE HOLDING WHERE REPUBLICANS ARE HOLDING THE SEATS, BUT THEY WERE WON BY THE SEATS, BUT THEY WERE WON BY HILLARY CLINTON AND SORT OF HAVE HILLARY CLINTON AND SORT OF HAVE A BLUE TINT TO THEM. A BLUE TINT TO THEM. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT BARACK OBAMA IT SEEMS TO ME THAT BARACK OBAMA IS OVERWHELMINGLY POPULAR IN ALL IS OVERWHELMINGLY POPULAR IN ALL OF THOSE DISTRICTS. OF THOSE DISTRICTS.>>LOOK, JOE, HIS JOB IS NOT TO>>LOOK, JOE, HIS JOB IS NOT TO COME OUT AND BE THE STANDARD COME OUT AND BE THE STANDARD BEARER FOR THE ENTIRE PARTY. BEARER FOR THE ENTIRE PARTY. HE IS A TARGETED SHOT IN THE ARM HE IS A TARGETED SHOT IN THE ARM IN KEY DISTRICTS, PLACES WHERE IN KEY DISTRICTS, PLACES WHERE DEMOCRATS CAN FLIP A SEAT OR GET DEMOCRATS CAN FLIP A SEAT OR GET HIGHER TURNOUT AND SECURE A HIGHER TURNOUT AND SECURE A SEAT, BUT IT’S STILL FASCINATING SEAT, BUT IT’S STILL FASCINATING TO WATCH HIM IN ACTION. TO WATCH HIM IN ACTION. IT’S LIKE HAVING BEEN IN A HALL IT’S LIKE HAVING BEEN IN A HALL OF MIRRORS ARE PRESIDENT DONALD OF MIRRORS ARE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS AND TRUMP FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS AND SOMEONE KIND OF OPENS THE DOOR SOMEONE KIND OF OPENS THE DOOR AT THE END OF THE HALLWAY AND AT THE END OF THE HALLWAY AND YOU SEE DAYLIGHT. YOU SEE DAYLIGHT. IT’S A TURN TO KIND OF A IT’S A TURN TO KIND OF A REALITY-BASED POLITICS AND REALITY-BASED POLITICS AND CERTAINLY A DIFFERENT TONE THAT CERTAINLY A DIFFERENT TONE THAT YOU HEAR FROM HIM. YOU HEAR FROM HIM. HE IS THE POLAR OPPOSITE OF HE IS THE POLAR OPPOSITE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP IN EVERY WAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP IN EVERY WAY, BUT THE QUESTION FOR ME IS THIS BUT THE QUESTION FOR ME IS THIS COUNTRY REJECTED THE POLITICS OF COUNTRY REJECTED THE POLITICS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SOME EXTENT PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SOME EXTENT IN 2016 AND TURNED ITS BACK ON IN 2016 AND TURNED ITS BACK ON WHAT HE WAS OFFERING AND THE WHAT HE WAS OFFERING AND THE HUGE QUESTION FOR ME IN 2018 IS HUGE QUESTION FOR ME IN 2018 IS IF THAT STILL CONTINUES OR IF IF THAT STILL CONTINUES OR IF THERE IS SOME PART OF THE THERE IS SOME PART OF THE ELECTORATE THAT WANTS TO TURN ELECTORATE THAT WANTS TO TURN THEIR BACK ON PRESIDENT TRUMP THEIR BACK ON PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW. NOW.>>YOU KNOW, EDDIE, WHAT’S SO>>YOU KNOW, EDDIE, WHAT’S SO FASCINATING WATCHING BARACK FASCINATING WATCHING BARACK OBAMA GO THERE, I SEE A OBAMA GO THERE, I SEE A POLITICIAN WHO I DISAGREED WITH POLITICIAN WHO I DISAGREED WITH ON MANY POLICIES, FROM THE WAY ON MANY POLICIES, FROM THE WAY HE DID HIS STIMULUS PACKAGE TO HE DID HIS STIMULUS PACKAGE TO HOW HE DIDN’T MOVE, I THOUGHT, HOW HE DIDN’T MOVE, I THOUGHT, AS DECISIVELY AS HE NEEDED TO IN AS DECISIVELY AS HE NEEDED TO IN SYRIA. SYRIA. I COULD GO DOWN A LONG LIST OF I COULD GO DOWN A LONG LIST OF AREAS WHERE I DISAGREED WITH HIM AREAS WHERE I DISAGREED WITH HIM IDEALOGICALLY, BUT I KNOW A LOT IDEALOGICALLY, BUT I KNOW A LOT OF REPUBLICANS, A LOT OF OF REPUBLICANS, A LOT OF CONSERVATIVES, WHO SAW HIM UP CONSERVATIVES, WHO SAW HIM UP THERE AND SAID, MAN, IT’S NICE THERE AND SAID, MAN, IT’S NICE TO HAVE LIKE A NORMAL GUY OUT TO HAVE LIKE A NORMAL GUY OUT THERE AGAIN, EVEN IF I DISAGREE THERE AGAIN, EVEN IF I DISAGREE WITH HIM, AT LEAST WE AGREE ON WITH HIM, AT LEAST WE AGREE ON THE CONSTITUTION AND WE AGREE THE CONSTITUTION AND WE AGREE ON, YOU KNOW, HOW WE TREAT OUR ON, YOU KNOW, HOW WE TREAT OUR NEIGHBORS AND WE AGREE ON JUST NEIGHBORS AND WE AGREE ON JUST THE BASICS OF AMERICAN LIFE AND THE BASICS OF AMERICAN LIFE AND THE BASICS IN CIVIL DISCOURSE ON THE BASICS IN CIVIL DISCOURSE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.>>ABSOLUTELY, JOE.>>ABSOLUTELY, JOE. AS YOU KNOW, I DISAGREED WITH AS YOU KNOW, I DISAGREED WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM IDEALOGICALLY FROM THE LEFT, BUT IDEALOGICALLY FROM THE LEFT, BUT IT WAS NICE TO SEE AND HEAR IT WAS NICE TO SEE AND HEAR REASONED THINKING, A KIND OF REASONED THINKING, A KIND OF THOUGHTFULNESS AND IN SOME WAYS THOUGHTFULNESS AND IN SOME WAYS A COMMITMENT TO THE BASIC NORMS A COMMITMENT TO THE BASIC NORMS OF DEMOCRATIC LIFE THAT HAVE IN OF DEMOCRATIC LIFE THAT HAVE IN SOME WAYS DEFINED THE COUNTRY AT SOME WAYS DEFINED THE COUNTRY AT LEAST SINCE I’VE BEEN BORN AND LEAST SINCE I’VE BEEN BORN AND POLITICALLY AWARE. POLITICALLY AWARE. I THINK WHAT’S INTERESTING, I THINK WHAT’S INTERESTING, THOUGH, IS THAT WHEN WE THINK THOUGH, IS THAT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA STEPPING ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA STEPPING OUT, I THINK NICK IS ABSOLUTELY OUT, I THINK NICK IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, IT’S A VERY DELIBERATE RIGHT, IT’S A VERY DELIBERATE DEPLOYMENT, BUT HE OPENS UP DEPLOYMENT, BUT HE OPENS UP SPACE. SPACE. DONALD TRUMP HAS TAKEN UP SO DONALD TRUMP HAS TAKEN UP SO MUCH OF THE OXYGEN IN THE MUCH OF THE OXYGEN IN THE POLITICAL ROOM THAT WHEN BARACK POLITICAL ROOM THAT WHEN BARACK OBAMA STEPPED ON THE SCENE OBAMA STEPPED ON THE SCENE SUDDENLY WE HAD SPACE TO THINK

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