In a speech before the Illinois General Assembly, marking the 9th anniversary of the launch of his presidential campaign, President Obama decried the meaness and polarization in American politics:
It’s been noted, often by pundits, that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better since I was inaugurated. In fact, it’s gotten worse. That there’s still this yawning gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politics, which is why in my final State of the Union address and in the one before that, I had to acknowledge that one of my few regrets is my inability to reduce the polarization and meanness in our politics.
True to form, Obama detaches himself from the meaness and polarization as if he has no part in it. The fact is that President Obama has set the tone for American politics over the last decade and he is the meanest, most polarizing figure of them all.