[Ed. – Did Obama’s PR firm write that headline? For a bracing counterpoint, LU’s Howard Portnoy wrote from, shall we say, a different perspective about the nature and import of the “Obama challenge.”]
Barack Obama went hard. Donald Trump hardly responded.
Friday was the day Republicans and Democrats and pretty much every reporter and political obsessive have been dreaming of — the two presidents who couldn’t be more different, who are both the throbbing hearts of their own bases and the nightmare of the others’ — going head to head.
Six weeks before the midterms that are existential for both of their visions of the future, Obama unleashed for the first time with an indictment of Trump and Republicans that stopped just short of calling them traitors to the American ideal. Trump, who’s been swiping at Obama on Twitter and other appearances almost every chance he gets and months ago said Democrats who didn’t clap for his state of the union address had committed treason, made a joke about sleeping through it. A few hours later, he congratulated himself for the joke.