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    Obama Lambasting Trump for Praising Putin Won't Help Hillary

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    US President Barack Obama lambasted Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for praising Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a bid to mobilize support for Hillary Clinton while she was recovering from pneumonia, but this strategy is unlikely to work since this is not what voters want to hear.

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    Obama's speech in Philadelphia was "designed to grab the interest of the disinterested or undecided voter, somebody who is leaning but not completely sure," media analyst Lionel told RT.

    If so, the outgoing US president hardly achieved what he was aiming for.

    "I promise you nobody came home and said, 'you know what, I'm voting for Hillary because I heard today juxtaposition between Putin and Saddam Hussein and that is it! That is all I needed to hear! I don't know about the future, the economy, crime, immigration, world events, military, World War III. I don't care about that," Lionel said.

    During his speech Obama compared Putin's approval rating to that of Iraq's late strongman Saddam Hussein. For Lionel, this comparison was a non-starter.

    "I do not even know what that means. I'll bet you people have even forgotten the name Saddam Hussein. I'm telling you. People would need to understand that our society, with our news cycle, they have the attention span of a gnat," the media analyst said.

    Lionel referred to the comparison as a "hoary and old reference," as well as a waste of time since this is not what voters want to here. 

    Americans are concerned with domestic issues. They want the president or the candidates to say what the next US leader is "going to do for me now, for my family in the future now," Lionel said. "More importantly, I say again, the number one issue on every news show, on every blog, on every alternative foreign media is Hillary Clinton's health. That is the issue," he observed.

    Obama's remarks came after Trump called Putin a stronger leader than the current US president, sparking a firestorm in the Democratic camp. Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof called these comments "a very spiteful statement."

    "I think it reflects the fact that Obama is frustrated in that he can't out-smart President Putin who is a strategic thinker. And so he has to go down into the gutter and throw out things," he told RT.

    Daniel Wagner, managing director of Risk Cooperative, was wondering whether the presidential election campaign in the US could become any more "ridiculous."

    "I really don't understand why there has to be some sort of connotation that anything Russian is automatically bad, but, unfortunately, there are many people in America who would equate anything Russian with being bad just like they would equate anything with China to be bad. They don’t understand the world," he told RT.


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