Other Countries Think Our Electoral System Is A “Mess” – Obama

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President Barack Obama remarked about America’s electoral system during his Vietnam trip when he told an audience of young Vietnamese leaders today that he knows people in other countries think the U.S. electoral system is a “Mess” but he said things would turn out OK in the end because “the American people are good people.”

Obama made the remarks at his last public event during his Vietnam trip, a town hall event hosting approximately 800 young Vietnamese people from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Obama said in response to a question from the audience that, “I think sometimes other countries look at our election system and people think ‘wow what a mess but usually we end up doing OK because the American people are good people, as I hope I have gotten to know”.

He added that, “The American people are generous, decent, hardworking, and sometimes our politics doesn’t express all the goodness of the people but usually the voters make good decisions and democracy works, so I am optimistic we’ll get through this period”.

The President added, “One of the great things about the United States is that even when it makes mistakes it’s able to adjust and recognize our mistakes and we correct course and take different steps. Things are going to be OK. I promise!”




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