DALLAS (AP) – President Barack Obama says politicians who aspire to lead the country should try to bring Americans together, not divide them.
Obama says candidates who won’t do that don’t deserve the public’s support and votes.
He says the best leaders remind Americans that what they have common is more important than their differences.
The president spoke a day after protesters forced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to cancel a campaign event in Chicago on Friday.
Trump’s political rivals and others blame him for using language they say is sowing division across the country rather than unity.
Obama commented at a Democratic Party fundraiser Saturday in Dallas.
Party officials say about 750 supporters paid up to $33,400 per person to attend the event at Gilley’s saloon.
A day earlier, President Barack Obama made a stop at South by Southwest in Austin to talk about technology.
But that didn’t stop him from taking at couple of shots at Republican leaders in the Lone Star State.
“I’m trying to solve every problem” the President said at one point in his conversation with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, describing how his Administration has largely been built on the latest in technology.
“I want to make sure the next President–and the federal government from here on out is in constant improvement mode. That we’re bringing in new talent and new ideas” the President said–though admitting Obamacare’s rough roll out did point up some of the challenges in working with technology.
“You may recall I passed this law called the Affordable Care Act to sign people up for healthcare…. and then the web site didn’t work” Obama said.
The President said there’s still a long way to go and a lot of work to do. One example that came up during the Friday Afternoon conversation was voting, and the fact online voter registration hasn’t gained much traction in Texas.
“It’s not insecure. It’s done (the resistance) because the folks who are currently governing the good State of Teas aren’t interested in having more people participate” Obama said.