“Everybody can tweet, but nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you’ve sat behind the desk,” Obama chortled. “I mean, Sasha tweets, but she doesn’t think she should be sitting behind the desk,” Obama said to rave response.
Warming up the hall for his maiden voyage on Clinton’s campaign trail, which was covered by all the cable news nets, Obama pretended to wipe his brow as she talked about his hard-won 2008 primary against her, and nodded when his former Secretary of State told the crowd Obama is “someone who has never forgotten where he came from and, Donald, if you’re out there tweeting, it’s ‘Hawaii’.”
Among Obama’s darts targeting Trump:
– [Hillary’s] actually got an [immigration reform] plan. It’s actually paid for. You can actually look at it. …Even the Republicans on the other side don’t really know what their guy’s talking about. They really don’t! You ask them; they’re all, ‘I don’t know!’ Then they kind of duck the other way. Am I joking? No!
– I know the other guy talks about Making America Great Again. America’s really great….Somebody looked at surveys around the world and when [Obama] came into office, the world didn’t think we were that great, but now they think we’re the greatest…We were in a hole, and now the rest of the world thinks we’re pretty darned great and, by the way, you can look it up! It’s a fact, not just something I made up and tweeted. There actually were surveys done; they polled people, so they’d actually know what people think, not just assert it.
– A bunch of phony bluster doesn’t keep us safe.
– You’ve never heard Hillary Clinton demonize other people or not be willing to engage other folks even when they disagree with her.
– Her brand of leadership can fix a broken immigration system. Unless you’re Native American, somebody brought you here. You came from someplace else….and not everybody had their papers straight when they came.
– [The GOP nominee’s] only plan is to build a higher wall. That’s not a plan.
– This is real. This is not a reality show. This is reality. Being President of the United States means you have to deal with reality. When a crisis hits, you can’t just walk off the set. You can’t fire the script writer, you don’t have the luxury of saying whatever pops into your head. You’ve actually got to know what you’re talking about. You’ve got to actually do your homework. You can’t just kick out reporters and you can’t go to another country and, if they ask you a question you don’t like, just kick them out. Because you’re in another country! You’ve got to apply steady judgement, even when things don’t go your way. You’ve got to make the tough calls, even when they’re not popular, even when they won’t pay off right away or increase your poll numbers. You’ve got to be able to handle criticism without taking it personally. You’ve got to brush it off and get the job done.
– We are a young country, so we like new things. I benefited from that, let’s face it. When I came on the scene in ’08, they said ‘Well, he’s new!’ …We act as if never having done something and not knowing what you’re doing is a virtue. We don’t do that, by the way, for airline pilots; we don’t do that for surgeons. But somehow we think President of the United States is ‘Let’s get, I don’t know, who’s THAT guy?!’