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Sure, the Democrats suffered crushing losses last week, President Barack Obama acknowledged Monday.
But, he argued, it wasn’t any sort of repudiation of his party leadership or presidency.
If Obama has done any second-guessing since President-elect Donald Trump’s shocking victory last week, he didn’t betray any of it during his most extensive set of comments since the election.
In a press conference and in two separate conference calls with supporters, Obama rejected the idea of a bigger meaning in the election results. His policies? Helped millions and maybe even billions. His personal popularity? Still sky-high. His party? Well, he was busy with Syria and the economy – you can’t expect him to do everything.
“We are indisputably in a stronger position today than we were when I came in eight years ago. Jobs have been growing for 73 straight months. Incomes are rising. Poverty is falling. The uninsured rate is at the lowest level on record. Carbon emissions have come down without impinging on our growth,” Obama said during Monday’s press conference, his first since the vote.
“We’ve helped millions of people in this country and probably billions of people around the world,” he added on another call with donors, elected officials and other supporters organized by the Democratic National Committee.
During the campaign, as Trump threatened to undo much of what Obama is most proud of — whether it was tearing up his landmark executive order on carbon limits, reneging on the Iran deal or repealing Obamacare — Obama saw justification to argue repeatedly on the that “our progress is on the ballot.”
Democrats have lost 910 seats since Obama took office. (You can see the changes in every state here.)
We took a state-by-state look of lost seats from the best source available, the National Conference of State Legislatures. Using the group’s data, we compared the number of Democratic seats in early 2009, when Obama took office, to the number of seats after the 2014 midterms.
The bottom line: Republicans now control about 56 percent of the country’s 7,383 state legislative seats, up 12 percentage points since 2009.
All I want is a Government that puts America first and pays more attention to American Citizens.
originally posted by: xuenchen
Estimates vary, but as many as 29 million Americans – about one in 10 – lack coverage. Why is that?
One of the biggest factors is cost, which still hinders many Americans from purchasing insurance. It may seem obvious, but the data shows many of the uninsured can’t afford coverage, even after reforms were passed
Kiss of death Obama campaigned for Hillary in Pennsylvania. Hillary lost Pennsylvania.
Kiss of death Obama campaigned for Hillary in Michigan. Hillary lost Michigan.
Kiss of death Obama campaigned for Hillary in Florida. Hillary lost Florida.
Kiss of death Obama campaigned for Hillary in North Carolina. Hillary lost North Carolina.
Kiss of death Obama campaigned for Hillary in Ohio. Hillary lost Ohio.
Dude, can you please chill out on the political threads? Every other thread in the 'recent' tab is made by you.