President Obama appeared on Fox News Sunday and was interviewed by Chris Wallace. Wallace asked Obama why he thought voters were expressing such anger and frustration this election. Obama responded by calling out how both sides are in their own bubble where they just hear things that reinforce their own opinions and fears, saying “I think the danger both among Republicans and among Democrats who just listen to each other or they just listen to people that already agree with them — you know, Republicans have their own TV station.”
Wallace interrupted, saying “Go ahead, you can say Fox News.”
Obama continues, “They’ve got their own publications, their own blogs. Democrats, same thing. Increasingly what happens is, we don’t hear each other. And so what happens then is when Republicans promise to repeal Obamacare and it doesn’t get repealed, they’re outraged. … Democrats get frustrated they say ‘well why didn’t we have a public option in our health care system or have a single-payer system.”
Obama ends by pointing out all that’s good about our country:
America’s got the best cards. We are the envy of the world. We have the most powerful military on earth by a mile. Our economy right now is stronger than any other advanced economy. We have the best workers, we have the best universities, we are the most innovative, we have the most advanced scientific community, we have an incredibly diverse and talented population. This can be our century, just like the 20th century was, as long as we don’t tear each other apart because our politics values sensationalism or conflict over cooperation and we don’t have the ability to compromise. And if we get that part right, nobody can stop us.