Spoken like the true elitist that he is….
President Obama mocked Republican presidential candidates on Monday night for complaining about the moderators in last week’s CNBC debate, saying, “If you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”
Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in New York City, Obama drew boisterous applause when he ripped into the Republicans running for the 2016 presidential nomination.
“Have you noticed that every one of these candidates say, ‘Obama’s weak. You know, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin he’s going to straighten out.’ ”
“And then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at the debate,” he said.
“I mean let me tell you, if you can’t handle – if you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”
The GOP campaigns were unhappy with the way the CNBC debate in Boulder, Colorado was moderated, and some of the most memorable lines of the night were those critical of the moderators and the mainstream media in general. Campaigns are now discussing ways to try to improve the format and quality of the remaining debates.
At the fundraiser at a Manhattan theater, Obama also took a dig at the Republicans on climate change skepticism.
“If you go to 100 doctors and 99 of them tell you, ‘You’ve got diabetes, you’ve got to stop eating bacon and donuts every day …’”
“You wouldn’t say, ‘Aah, that’s – that’s a conspiracy, they’re making that up. All 99 of those doctors got together with Obama to try to prevent me from having bacon and donuts.’ You wouldn’t do that.”
“The planet’s warming,” Obama said, “99 percent of scientists have said it’s warming, and we’ve got the Republican chairman of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee [sic] carrying a snowball into the Senate chambers to show there’s still snow and that climate change isn’t happening. I’m not making that up!”
Obama also described Republicans as “glum,” and said they seemed to “occupy a different reality.” He argued that on a whole range of measures Americans were better off today than when he was elected seven years ago.