Obama on Trump Win: Culture Did Shift To Tolerance and Diversity, But That ‘Doesn’t Always Manifest’ in Politics

President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, DC. This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
During an interview on Monday’s “Axe Files” podcast, President Obama commented on the 2016 presidential election by arguing that, “the culture actually did shift, that the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and full of energy and dynamism. And the problem is, it doesn’t always manifest itself in politics, right?” Obama stated, “[O]bviously, in the wake of the election and Trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that somehow,” his vision of hope and change and no red states or blue states “really was a fantasy.” He continued, “What I would argue is, is that the culture actually did shift, that the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and full of energy and dynamism. And the problem is, it doesn’t always manifest itself in politics, right? You know, I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett