President Barack Obama said on Aug. 15 that he is "tired" of talking about Donald Trump. Obama’s feelings are well-timed, as the time has come for the president to stop talking about the GOP candidate.
In February, a news reporter asked Obama what he thought of Trump’s chances of becoming president.
According to Slate, Obama hesitantly responded: “I continue to believe that Mr. Trump will not be president. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people. And I think they recognize that being president is a serious job.”
Since that day, Obama has had to answer many questions about Trump. When the GOP candidate received the official nomination, the need to talk about Trump increased.
Trump has criticized Obama and his administration frequently in speeches and other public statements. Naturally, the president has retaliated.
The president achieves greater success with his retaliation and maintains a higher level of professionalism when he retaliates with factual comments, rather than specific remarks about Trump.
For example, Trump’s GOP convention speech told viewers that “decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration's rollback of criminal enforcement.” Trump also criticized Obama’s homeland security and health care policies.
According to CNN, Obama responded to each critique the following morning with factual evidence: “When it comes to crime, the violent crime rate in America has been lowered during my presidency and any time in the last three, four decades. And although it is true that we've seen an uptick in murders and violent crime in some cities this year, the fact of the matter is that the murder rate today, the violence rate today, is far lower than it was when Ronald Reagan was president, and lower than when I took office."
Obama also spoke about his administration’s successes with immigration reform and affordable health care.
These statements can be fact-checked. If they are true, the American people cannot dispute them the way that they can argue with opinionated comments about Trump or any other candidate.
ABC News shared that the president’s statement made on Aug. 15 included a call for Democratic voters to remain enthusiastic in the coming months.
Obama said that Hillary Clinton will remain successful if the American people take the time to vote in this year’s election: “I don’t have to make the case against her opponent because every time he talks, he makes the case against his own candidacy.”
As a respectful world leader and an intelligent political strategist, Obama should take his own advice and stop talking about Trump.