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Barack Obama goes from ‘Yes, We Can’ to ‘C’mon man!’

Three little words are helping Obama convey frustration with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump


WASHINGTON — Is “C’mon, man” President Barack Obama’s new “Yes, We Can?”

The president is deploying the phrase “c’mon, man” to great — and sometimes humorous — effect in the midst of an aggressive burst of campaigning to help elect Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.

Those three little words are helping Obama convey what the White House says is his frustration with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers in Congress.

And just as “Yes, We Can” became a rallying cry during Obama’s presidential campaigns, so has “C’mon, man” become one during this campaign — Obama’s last one.

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Friday, Obama railed against Trump backers who the president said make excuses or justify things the New York businessman has said that would be “completely disqualifying” for another candidate.

“We hear people justifying it and making excuses about it and saying, ‘Well, you know, he didn’t really mean it,’ or ‘it’s locker-room talk,’ or ‘well, maybe he did mean it but as long as he supports tax cuts for the rich’ or ‘as long as he supports doing the things we want to do, it’s OK,”’ Obama said.

“C’mon man,” he added, riling up the crowd. “We can’t be thinking somehow that just because he agrees with you on some policy issue or just because you’re frustrated with government that it’s OK to display the kind of behaviour he displays.” says “c’mon, man” is what a person would say to someone who says or does something stupid.

A day earlier in Miami, Obama criticized Trump for being so thin-skinned that he can’t take the ribbing of a “Saturday Night Live” skit.

US President Barack Obama holds 10-month-old Brooks Breitwieser as he greets supporters after speaking to an overflow room during a Hillary for America campaign event for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Capital University Field House in Columbus, Ohio, (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking to an overflow room at the Capital University Field House in Columbus, Ohio, (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

“This is a guy who, like, tweets they should cancel ‘Saturday Night Live’ — ‘I don’t like how Alec Baldwin is imitating me.’ Really?” Obama said. “I mean, that’s the thing that bothers you, and you want to be president of the United States? C’mon, man. C’mon,” as the audience applauded its approval.

People attending the get-out-the-vote rallies Obama has been headlining in key states this week for Clinton, his former secretary of state, are noticing.

In Miami, an audience member didn’t miss the beat as Obama complained about Republican obstructionism. He said he sometimes proposes GOP ideas to Republicans to get their reaction, which often is that they can’t support anything he’s for, even if the idea first came from a Republican.

“C’mon, man!” the person yelled.

To which Obama replied back, “C’mon, man!”

Asked whether “C’mon, man” is Obama’s new, “Yes, We Can,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said: “I think it’s trending.”

The phrase is also the name of a regular feature on ESPN, one of Obama’s favourite TV networks. Schultz said it “sums up the frustration that not only the president has, but that a lot of voters have.”

As an example, Schultz criticized some Republican senators for now pledging to block any Supreme Court nominee Clinton would put forward, if she is elected. They blocked Obama’s pick for the high court this year on grounds that the next president — not one in his final months — should get to fill the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last February.



Barack Obama goes from ‘Yes, We Can’ to ‘C’mon man!’

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  2. You needed to consult Urban Dictionary to figure out what “c’mon man” means? Lol. But yea, Obama is getting desperate, that’s for sure. Maybe he’s concerned about the truth coming out about the role he and Hillary played in destabilizing Syria and Libya. All high level politicians are scumbags who serve their financial backers at the expense of the citizens and Obama is no different, no matter how polished his delivery is.

    • Or maybe he’s concerned about crazy people like you wrecking the US with your ignorance.

      • How could I wreck the US? I’m here in Canada. And what exactly am I ignorant about?

        • People ‘like you’

          Your politics has confused your history

          • How? You don’t seem to make any comments of substance on here.

    • C’mom JOHND80, he is speaking to people like you. Everywhere there are people who distrust government and feel all politicians are corrupt and working against them. But most people are reasonable and at some level understand that even when some rules negatively affect them, overall the system works. I liken it to being upset with getting a ticket for speeding. At a basic level 101.. a society needs rules, checks and balances and trust in the system, for it to function effectively OR it needs a strong fear of doing anything against those in power with a demogogue. What do you think the arab spring was all about? Anyways in this election the choice is obvious…despite your upset with how a democratic government works . So C’mom man.

      • A society needs rules, checks and balances and trust in the system? Well the rules clearly don’t apply to the political elite, as an example look how the DOJ has shielded Hillary from prosecution. Checks and balances? That was supposed to be the role of the media, to keep the government accountable to the people, but most mainstream media outlets have proven themselves to be for all intents and purposes just propaganda organs of the Democrat party. So with all that said, yea trust in the system is at an all time low, and if you think that a charismatic career politician trying out a new catch phrase is just gonna reverse all that, you’re sorely mistaken.

      • C’mon Man even you should be able to see how legalized corruption has crept into the American system. The supreme court of the United States has said that unlimited amounts of money can be donated to a candidate and that kind of influence buying is how the system is supposed to work.

        As we have seen with Obamacare the only groups that get what they want are the corporations because of their influence spending. For the new costs of Obamacare they could have taken those 20 million people and put them on medicare.

        Or another prime example is marijuana. In the state voting people are for the legalization. But the government calls it a extremely dangerous drug that can not be legalized. However this is the same government that allows drugs such as oxy-contin and fentanyl. Now you tell me which drug is more dangerous? Why do you think that is the case? The answer is because the drug companies have more influence than the people.