President Obama criticized people “promising to restore past glories” — like Mr. “Make America Great Again.”
President Obama subtly trashed Donald Trump in his final State of the Union address — all but naming the blabbering billionaire as an example of someone holding America back.
But Trump, true to character, was hardly so reserved, taking to Twitter to whine about the speech even before it ended.
Obama’s speech included several veiled jabs at Trump’s crazed campaign to “Make America Great Again,” and all the fearmongering that has come with it.
“There have been those who told us to fear the future, who claimed we could slam the brakes on change, promising to restore the past glory if we got some group or idea that was threatening America under control,” Obama said.
“And each time, we overcame those fears. We did not, in the words of Lincoln, adhere to the ‘dogmas of the quiet past.’ Instead we thought anew, and acted anew.”
Later on, he castigated “politicians (who) insult Muslims” — touching on The Donald’s call to ban them from entering our country.
“It’s just wrong,” he said.
“It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals.”
He also slipped in a slap at GOP candidate Ted Cruz, who controversially called for carpet bombing to destroy ISIS.
Not so wise, Obama said.
“Our answer needs to be more than tough talk or calls to carpet bomb civilians,” he said.
“That may work as a TV sound bite, but it doesn’t pass muster on the world stage.”
Trump was not in attendance, but fired back at Obama in the speech’s final minutes.
The #SOTU speech is really boring, slow, lethargic – very hard to watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2016
The president’s final address, it seems, wasn’t fun enough for Trump
“The #SOTU speech is really boring, slow, lethargic — very hard to watch!” he tweeted.
Obama never named the GOP presidential front-runner during his address. But he got some more blatant Trump mockery in just hours earlier.
Speaking to “Today” Tuesday morning, Obama laughed off the idea of President Trump, telling Matt Lauer it was an idea best suited for sketch comedy.
“I can imagine it in a ‘Saturday Night’ skit,” he said, writing off the campaign as “simplistic solutions and scapegoating.”
Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, told “Today” in the same segment he believes a Trump victory is “possible.”