[Ed. – What connection?]
Former President Barack Obama alleges he lost the “connection” he had with Americans in conservative areas as a U.S. senator and presidential candidate because of the way Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and other conservative media figures portrayed him as president.
“I ended up getting enormous support in these pretty conservative, rural, largely white communities when I was a senator, and that success was repeated when I ran for president in the first race in Iowa,” Obama said during a discussion at PEN America’s virtual gala on Tuesday evening.
“By my second year in office, I’m not sure if I could make that same connection, because now those same people are filtering me through Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and an entire right-wing or conservative media infrastructure that was characterizing me in a way that suggested I looked down on those folks or had nothing in common with them,” he added.