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Obama calms nerves: Don’t be fooled by social media, the world isn’t much crappier than it was before I was elected

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By Doug Powers  •  August 30, 2014 06:11 AM

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That title isn’t exactly what President Obama said at yet another fundraiser Friday night, but fairly close:

“If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” he said at a Democratic fund-raiser in Purchase, N.Y., just north of New York City. Expanding on a theme he has touched on at recent fund-raisers, Mr. Obama agreed that “we are living through some extraordinarily challenging times” and “I can see why a lot of folks are troubled.”

But Mr. Obama said Americans should remain calm and confident. “We will get through these challenging times just like we have in the past,” he said. “This is not something that is comparable to the challenges we faced during the Cold War.”

Mr. Obama attributed much of the turmoil to a rupture of the old order in the Middle East that is playing out across that region in often bloody and unpredictable ways, all of which “makes things pretty frightening.” But he said that the Middle East has “been challenging for quite a while” and that in some ways the main difference was that Americans were paying more attention because of the advent of new technologies bringing home faraway events in visceral ways.

“The truth of the matter is that the world has always been messy,” he said. “In part, we’re just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.”

From “Hope & Change will bring the world together” to “Twitter ruined everything” in six short years.

This is from shortly before Obama won the 2008 election:

That video cut off just before Obama issued this disclaimer: “These promises will only come to fruition if everybody quits using social media immediately.”

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Also discovered via social media: Not as if the “MSM/Obama adminstration revolving door” needed another application of WD-40, but today the president will attend the wedding of Sam Kass to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner. One is a loyal White House employee, and the other is Obama’s adviser and chef.

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Pictured above: Non-social media users listen to President Obama talk about how he as healed the world

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