- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

President Obama said Wednesday that Republican presidential candidates are full of “baloney” with their criticism that America has become weaker on his watch, and called it “weird” that some Republicans failed to applaud America’s strength during his State of the Union address.

“It’s not true when you hear folks talking about how America’s so weak,” Mr. Obama told supporters at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. “It’s bluster. It’s not serious. There’s another word for it that starts with a ‘b’ — it’s baloney.”

Traveling to America’s heartland on the day after his final State of the Union address, the president said he found it odd that some Republican lawmakers didn’t clap when he proclaimed during his speech that the U.S. is the strongest nation on Earth.

“It was strange that some in the chamber didn’t agree and applaud with that,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s kind of a weird thing. That should not be a controversial statement. We can all clap about that. But that’s how crazy our politics has gotten. We now feel obliged to not root for America doing good.”

As he went on, the president evoked guffaws from the audience as he apparently couldn’t remember how many years the U.S. has been a country.



“The United States of America for 250 years has been working to make us the strongest, but that should not be a controversial statement,” he said to laughter.

Actually, the U.S. will celebrate its 240th birthday on July 4.

Speaking about the presidential campaign taking place in neighboring Iowa, Mr. Obama said the candidates “are kind of depressing.” He didn’t mention anyone by name.

“I like talking about hope and all the good stuff,” he said. “Then you look at some of these [campaign] ads, and it’s some doom and some gloom. Everybody’s running around saying America’s in decline, and everything’s scary, and let’s find somebody to blame. That’s not the spirit that brought America so far. And it’s not what I see every day.”

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