Tags: Barack Obama | obama | voters | get | politicians | deserve

Obama to Voters: 'You Get the Politicians You Deserve'

(YouTube)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 May 2017 06:05 PM

Former President Barack Obama didn't mention his successor by name, but did suggest Tuesday that voters — and non-voters — don't have much room to gripe over who is in office.

Following his speech to the Seeds and Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy, the most recent member of the ex-presidents' club said during a question-and-answer session that people in democracies are led by those they pick.

"People have a tendency to blame politicians when things don't work, but as I always tell people, you get the politicians you deserve," Obama said. "And if you don't vote and you don't pay attention, then you'll get policies that don't reflect your interest," he added.

Obama has been a critic of Trump's policies, and is most recently witnessing the GOP attempt to repeal and replace his signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

During his speech, Obama said he is "confident that the United States will continue to move in the right direction" on climate change despite Trump's pledges to undo many of his policies.

Obama said that businesses in the United States are already committed to clean energy, in part due to cost-savings, which would help counteract moves by Trump's administration.

"The good news is, in part because of what we did over the last eight years, the private sector has already made a determination that the future is in clean energy. Investments are moving into clean energy," Obama said.

"It may be that some of the steps we put in place may move more slowly than they otherwise would have. But I'm confident that the United States will continue to move in the right direction," he said.

Obama referred to Trump by name only once, discussing efforts to roll back on Obama's own "aggressive standards" on fuel efficiency for passenger cars.

"The Trump administrative made a change," Obama said, but he added that those moves would be up against even stricter standards in California, the country's largest car market.

"So even if the rules change in Washington, there is not a U.S. automaker that can afford to produce a car that is not fuel efficient enough to be sold in California," Obama said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Former President Barack Obama didn't mention his successor by name, but did suggest Tuesday that voters — and non-voters — don't have much room to gripe over who is in office.
obama, voters, get, politicians, deserve
374
2017-05-09
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 06:05 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved