Can we go back to the “slow news summer”? This summer has been incredibly bleak and depressing, with all sorts of stories about foreign threats, dangerous diseases, and some serious unrest at home. So what does President Obama think about all this awful news? Well, he thinks it might be a skosh overblown. Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser tonight, Obama did not downplay the threats the U.S. faces, but suggested those threats are being exaggerated with the help of the social media and the mainstream press.
The president acknowledged, “I can see why a lot of folks are troubled,” but at the same time he didn’t think hyping global catastrophe is particularly helpful. And as for the media’s contributions, he remarked, “If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart.”
Obama explained he believes the threats the United States faces are not unprecedented, and not on par with what the U.S. faced during the Cold War. He said, “The world’s always been messy… we’re just noticing now in part because of social media.”
He gave off an incredibly optimistic tone, touting America’s military might and its ability to overcome threats by ISIS, Russia, and the like.
At a previous fundraiser this year, President Obama blamed the media for ginning up cynicism and said, “Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.”
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