Elsewhere in the country and the world, people were tuned in for the second Republican debate on CNN. There was one person, however, who was not interested – U.S. president Barack Obama.
Speaking at the Business Roundtable on Wednesday, Mr Obama presented the many achievements his administration had. He then alluded to the hopefuls of the presidential seat come 2016, saying, “Now, you wouldn’t know any of this if you were listening to the folks who are seeking this office that I occupy.”
Mr Obama hinted that he thinks the Republicans are being too pessimistic about his administration. “In the echo chamber that is presidential politics, everything is dark and everything is terrible. They don’t seem to offer many solutions for the disasters that they perceive -– but they’re quick to tell you who to blame,” Mr Obama said.
He continued with his criticism of the GOP candidates, saying, “I’m here to say that there’s nothing particularly patriotic or American about talking down America, especially when we stand as one of the few sources of economic strength in the world.”
He implied that the present day republicans seemed to have forgotten about Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president. “I’ve always believed what our first Republican President, a guy from my home state named Abraham Lincoln, believed –- that through government we should do together those things that we can’t do as well by ourselves,” Mr Obama said.
And then in what could be a scathing remark against Donald Trump’s campaign of “making America Great Again,” the president said, “Despite the perennial doom and gloom that I guess is inevitably part of a presidential campaign, America is winning right now. America is great right now.”
Press Secretary Josh Earnest, meanwhile, was more vocal as he answered questions from the press on Monday. Asked if Mr. Obama is planning to watch the debate, Earnest said, “I do not anticipate that he’ll watch tomorrow.”
“It’s apparent that he is following the race. He is at least a keenly interested observer to that process. But I would not anticipate that the President will watch the debate tomorrow night,” Earnest told press ahead of the Republican debate.
Earnest said Mr Obama did not watch the first debate in August either. “But I’m confident that he will read the news coverage and be aware of the arguments that are made in that setting,” he said.