President Obama tells Fox News’ Chris Wallace that Democrats and Republicans are only hearing people who already agree with them, and refusing to really listen to people on the other side.
“And I think the danger both among Republicans and among Democrats who just listen to each other or they just listen to people that already agree with them — you know, Republicans have their own TV station,” he noted.
“Go ahead,” Wallace interrupted. “You can say Fox News.”
“They’ve got their own publications, their own blogs,” the president continued. “Democrats, same thing. Increasingly what happens is, we don’t hear each other. And so what happens then is when Republicans promise to repeal Obamacare and it doesn’t get repealed, they’re outraged.”
Obama noted that Democrats had also been outraged when they failed to get a public health insurance option in the Affordable Care Act.
“This can be our century just like the 20th century was as long as we don’t tear each other apart because our politics values sensationalism or conflict over cooperation,” Obama concluded. “If we get that part right, nobody can stop us.”