In High-Profile Speech, Obama Offers Warnings - Page 2

In South Africa, former president worries about the rise of 'strongman politics' around the world
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2018 11:17 AM CDT

  • Truth: "People just make stuff up," he said. "They just double down and lie some more. Politicians have always lied, but it used to be that if you caught them lying, they'd be like, 'Oh, man.' Now they just keep on lying!" And that, he said, could "be democracy's undoing," per the Hill.
  • A hopeful note: He ended with optimism, saying "we've been through darker times. We've been through lower valleys." He continued, "I say if people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love." And as for what young people should do, "Keep believing, keep marching, keep building, keep raising your voice."
  • From the right: Conservatives were calling Obama a hypocrite for the above item about lying, and Twitchy rounds up tweets to that effect. One repeated example is Obama's line regarding health care: "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan."
  • Prof's take: "Just by standing on the stage honoring Nelson Mandela, Obama is delivering an eloquent rebuke to Trump," John Stremlau, a professor at Johannesburg's Witwatersrand University, tells the AP. "Yesterday we had Trump and Putin standing together, now we are seeing the opposing team: Obama and Mandela."
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