President Barack Obama was heard calling Americans “lazy” during a town hall meeting in Laos.
“Usually when you see the environment destroyed, it’s not because it’s necessary for development,” Obama reportedly said. “It’s usually because we’re being lazy and we’re not being as creative as we could be about how to do it in a smarter, more sustainable way.”
As reported by The Federalist, Obama said that part of the laziness stems from the fact that the U.S. is a big country, because of which “we haven’t always had to know about other parts of the world.”
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“The United States is and can be a great force for good in the world. But because we’re such a big country, we haven’t always had to know about other parts of the world,” he said. “If you’re in the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy and think we’re so big we don’t have to really know anything about other people.”
However, it has been noted on WhiteHouse.gov that Obama accusing the American people for being “lazy” was taken out of context. While Obama did mention the term, he supplemented his statement by saying the U.S. is the “region that’s going to grow faster than anyplace else in the world.”
“It has the youngest population, and the economy is growing faster than anyplace,” Obama said. “And if we aren’t here interacting and learning from you, and understanding the culture of the region, then we’ll be left behind. We’ll miss an opportunity. And I don’t want to that to happen.”
Barack Obama quotes: President won’t leave office if Trump elected president?
The president was also in the news when he said, as reported by the Burrard Street Journal, that he will not leave office if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is elected president. “I am not standing down as president if it means four years of President Trump,” Obama notably said.
When asked what he would do to prevent Trump earning the presidency, Obama said, “I am prepared to file a motion of ‘no confidence’ in our citizens thereby taking their vote away from them.”
“I’ve instructed the Secret Service to use full force in defending the White House from the Trump family,” he added.
While the article has been widely shared on social media, Snopes debunked the news, saying the Burrard Street Journal does not publish genuine news. “Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to sports personalities and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction,” the website’s disclaimer page reads.