President Barack Obama is blaming Republicans and journalists for the public’s perception that he is an ultra-liberal left-wing socialist.
“This bears on your reporting,” he said to those in the audience during a statement airing on CSPAN.
Obama then stepped into the role of history professor and gave a brief lecture on the history of political philosophy.
“It’s important to put the current debate in some historical context,” he began.
He proceeded to point out that Republicans are the ones who should be held responsible for our country’s interest in the environment and healthcare.
“Healthcare originated as a conservative idea,” he emphasized. Seemingly dumbfounded that there has been resistance to his approach, he continued, “Now this is some socialist overreach.”
He then made one last attempt in persuading the reporters-turned-history students: “So as all of you are doing your reporting, I think it’s important to remember that the positions that I am taking now on the budget and a host of other issues … if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago or even 15 years ago … would’ve been considered squarely centrist positions. What’s changed is the center of the Republican party.”