President Barack Obama Speaks With VICE News


Tell me when you guys are ready. We announced we were going to be talking to
you. Yeah. And we said on the internet send us some
questions. Right. Because we want to have a dialogue. Yeah.
And we’ll ask the president. And the internet blew up. It was incredible. I do a lot of environmental pieces and
whenever I do an environmental piece, out come the box, out come the eggs, you
know on Twitter. Right. Because there’s all kinds of negative
stuff-. That they want to caused up. That’s every day for you. Yeah. How do you do it? How do you handle the, the controversy,
the negativity? Yeah. Why be pres-, it’s, are you a masochist? You know, l, l, let me tell you, this is a
fun job. Right.
I, every day I wake up and I get a bird’s eye view on what’s going on
everywhere in the world. Hm. I can have as much of an impact on the things that are important to people
as anybody on the planet? Right.
You know, if you’re applying yourself steadily every
single day to the job and you’re keeping your North Star
which is, when I leave this office I want things to
be a little bit better. Then the day to day criticism, the
chatter, the noise, is something that you end up
blocking out. And the longer you’re in the job the more
you’re likely to take the long view. Let’s take something like climate change. Let’s. We just got back from Antarctica and
Antarctica is melting, Greenland is melting as fast as they can. Sea levels are rising, yet many people are
putting their head in the sand. It’s right over the hill, Shane. Yeah.
Pine Island and Thwaites are right over the hill, 100
miles from here. Yeah. All that ice, it’s just a matter of time,
is going to fall down to sea. If I can change how the country thinks
about this. Mm-hm.
As, as a serious, immediate threat. Not some distant vague thing. Which is crucial. If I can encourage and gain commitments
from the Chinese to put forward a serious plan to start
curbing their greenhouse gases. And that then allows us to leverage the
entire world for the conference that will be taking this
place this year in, in Paris. And if I’m able to double fuel efficiency
standards, and if I’m able to make appliances more efficient, and to
double the production of clean energy. If I’m able to do all those things now,
when I’m done. We’re still going to have a heck of a
problem, but we will have made enough progress that,
the next president and the next generations can start building on
it, you start getting some momentum. Which is rational, sane
That’s a great answer, however
Yeah. You have people. For example Senator Inhofe whose whose
throwing snowballs, whose saying the greatest hoax perpetrated
on the American public is that we can do anything about
climate change or that it’s even real. Senator from Oklahoma. We keep hearing that 2014 has been the
warmest year on record. I asked the chair, do you know what this
is? It’s a snowball. And, that’s just from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonal. So here Mr. President, catch this. Throwing a snowball would be funny-
Yeah. If it weren’t for the fact that he’s chairman of the Senate
committee on the environment. That’s disturbing. So you have a very sane and rational plan,
but we’re not acting in a sane and rational
way. Yeah. Well I, and I, I, I’ll tell you. Climate change is an example of the
hardest problems to solve, the hardest thing to do in politics and in
government is to make sacrifices now for a long term payoff. But here’s, here’s what keeps me
optimistic. Is, you talk to Malia and Sasha, you know? Mm-hm.
16 and 13. Mm-hm. And the sophistication and awareness that
they have about environmental issues, compared to my generation or yours. Yeah. They’re way ahead of the game. There’s always gonna be resistance to
change. And some of that is gonna be generational. I guarantee you that the Republican party
will have to change it’s approach to climate change, because voters will
insist upon it. The challenge on something like climate
change is, there comes a point of no return. Mm-hm. And you do have to make sure that we get
at this thing quick enough and with enough force, to be able to make a
difference. Why is the resistance so strong? Well some of it’s economic. If you poll folks, they’re concerned about
climate change. But they’re more concerned about gas
prices. Right. You can’t fault somebody for being
concerned about paying the bills or being able to fill up your tank to get to
your job. In some cases, though, you have elected
officials who are shills for the oil companies or the fossil fuel
industry. And there’s a lot of money involved. Typically in Congress the committees of
jurisdiction, like the energy committees, are populated by folks from places that
pump a lot of oil and pump a lot of gas. In our research the environment or global warming is the number one issue
for, for Gen Y. But another issue is dysfunction. Yeah.
You know, it seems that from the outside that. From the inside too. That Washington, if you look at global
warming for example. Yeah. And you’re right, the younger generation,
there is no debate. Yeah. Yet they see. This fighting, this gridlock in-
Yeah. In Washington. Or for other things. Just for example, now sort of chicken
that’s being played with Department of Homeland Security for
example. Republicans are playing politics with the
critical funding. For the Department of Homeland Security
and threatening a shut down. The President’s executive amnesty is
lawless and unconstitutional. These are things that our taxes pay for. Right.
Yet it seems to be a game that’s being played. And young people are dissatisfied and
angry, but they don’t know what to do. What would you, what would you tell them? Well, let me say a couple things. A lot of times, from the outside, and
sometimes mainstream media reports this as a food fight, and it’s a problem of
both parties just being partisan. Well, that’s just not accurate. On climate change, 90% of Democrats agree
with me and 90% of Republicans oppose any action on
it. And a sizable portion of their party deny
it even exists. There have been times in history where
Democrats have been unreasonable. Mm.
There have been times where Republicans have led the way. But right now, on a lot of the issues that
young people care about, it’s not both sides arguing and creating
gridlock. You’ve got one side that is denying the
facts. Mm.
Who are often motivated, principally, by opposing whatever it is that I propose. Now, that’s not inevitable to our
democracy. That’s some, that’s a phase that the Republican Party’s
going through right now. And it’ll outgrow that phase. The thing that we do have to worry about
is the fact that the pace of change globally is so quick. Mm.
That we may not have the luxury of 20 years or ten years of not getting a
lot done. Mm-hm. If we want to deal with not just climate
change but the potential for a pandemic. With terrorism, with the challenges around
cyber security. Some of these things are just moving. One thing young people could do immediately-
Yes. Is vote.
Okay. And the fact of the matter is, is that in
the last midterm election, about a third of eligible voters voted. Mm-hm. And so, if you’ve got gridlock and you’ve
got people who aren’t producing, the fact that a lot of them got rewarded
with reelection and the people who were in power creating the
gridlock stayed in power, that’s the consequence of everybody
staying home and acting cynical. And the minute you withdraw in that way
from the process of politics, well, then you’re destined to have the
existing power structures call the shots. 47 Republican senators put their names
today to this open letter to Iran informing Iran that any nuclear agreement
not voted in by Congress will be viewed as, quote, nothing more than an executive
agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei. How does it feel when you’re trying to get
a deal done with Iran, for example, and then you have senators
who are sending separate letters? Yeah.
Well, it I’m embarrassed for them. Yeah. Because it’s not how America does
business. Mm-hm. I think it’s entirely legitimate for my friends in the Senate who signed that
letter to ask very hard questions about how can we assure
that Iran’s not getting a nuclear weapon. You know, why would we lift sanctions now
given how they’re causing problems in other part
of the world. Given the venomous things they’ve said
about Israel. You know, how can we even negotiate with
them? Now, I will have responses to each of
those questions, and I will say that I’ve committed to making
sure Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapon. I’m prepared to take all options to
prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon, but the absolute best option is a
diplomatic resolution. And if we do get a deal, it’s going to be
because I can verify that they won’t have a weapon and I will have the international
community helping us verify that. We can have that debate. For them to address a letter to the
Ayatollah, the supreme leader of Iran, who they claim
is our mortal enemy, and their basic argument to them is, don’t
deal with our president, because you can’t trust him to follow through
on an agreement. That’s close to unprecedented. Mm-hm.
We were looking at the history to see if there was
an example of it. We couldn’t find one. And by doing so, they were effectively
making common cause with the hardliners in Iran who also don’t want any kind of
diplomatic resolution, because they are invested in getting a nuclear
weapon. Mm-hm. So this is a good example, I think, of
where the state of our politics. Sure.
That leads Republicans to be more worried about a Tea Party primary than they are
about what ordinary folks are thinking. It damages the country, it damages our
standing, it’s not productive. In this day and age where we’ve got such
big issues, we can’t afford it. We embedded with ISIL last summer for a
month. One of the biggest questions that I had
was, how did they become so popular so fast? How did they get so many foreign fighters
from America, from the UK-. Mm-hm.
You know, from Scandinavia, from all over the world, go there,
outstrip al-Qaeda almost overnight? Yeah. And so, A, how did they become so popular
out of nowhere? And then, B, how do we stop them? Two things. One is ISIL is a direct outgrowth of
Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Mm-hm. That grew out of our invasion. Which is an example of unintended
consequences, which is why we should generally aim
before we shoot. We’ve got a 60 country coalition. We will slowly push back ISIL out of Iraq. I’m confident that will happen. But what I’m worried about, and what we have to stay worried about, is,
even if ISIL is defeated, the underlying problem of disaffected
Sunnis around the world, but particularly in some of these areas,
including Libya, including Yemen. Where a young man who’s growing up, has no
education and has no prospects for the future, is
looking around, and the one way that he can get validation,
power, respect as if he’s a fighter. And this looks like the toughest gang
around, so let me affiliate with them. Mm-hm. And now you’re giving me a, a religious
rationale for doing this. That’s a problem we’re gonna have, have
generally and we can’t keep on thinking about
counter-terrorism and security as entirely separate from
diplomacy, development, education. All these things that are considered soft,
but in fact, are vital to our national
security. And we do not fund those. If you asked the average person, how much
do we spend on foreign aid? They’ll say, 25% of the federal budget. Right. Well it’s a little over 1%. Mm-hm. We should be thinking about making
investments there that ultimately save us from having to
send our young men and women to fight or having folks come here and,
and doing great harm. This is the last question. All right.
Our number one question from everyone on the Internet. Yeah. Was, and this might seem flippant, but
with the War on Drugs. Yeah.
With too many people in prisons, like we said, it’s hurting education. Right. States are legalizing marijuana. Right. It seems like an inevitability. I declare this war over. We’re ending a failed policy of
prohibition. For young people, I’m sorry, but if you
legalize marijuana, it would be the biggest part of your
legacy. So what are your thoughts on that? Well first of all, it shouldn’t be young
people’s biggest priority. Right.
The. It was our, it was our, it was our most
popular. I, I, no I understand ’cause, ’cause sometimes
on the, the White House website and petitions you know we get the same. So let’s put it in perspective, young
people I understand this is important to you but, you know, you should
be thinking about climate change. Right. The economy, jobs, war and peace. Maybe way at the bottom you should be
thinking about marijuana. I, I’d separate out the issue of
decriminalization of marijuana from encouraging its use. I think there is no doubt that our
criminal justice system generally is so heavily skewed towards cracking down on
non-violent drug offenders. Mm-hm.
That, it has not just had a, a terrible effect on, many communities,
particularly communities of color. Rendering a lot of folks unemployable,
because they got felony records. Disproportionate prison sentences. It costs a huge amount of money to states,
and a lot of states are staring to figure that
out. But, what I’m encouraged by is, you’re starting to see, not just liberal
Democrats, but also some con-, very conservative Republicans recognize
this doesn’t make sense. Including sort of the Libertarian wing of
the Republican party. And they see the money in it. And they see the money and, and how costly
it is to incarcerate. So, we may actually be able to make some
progress on the decriminalization side. At a certain point if enough states, end
up, decriminalizing, then Congress may then,
you know, reschedule marijuana. Mm-hm. And I always say to folks, you know,
legalization or decriminalization is not a panacea. Do you feel the same way about meth? Mm-hm. Do we feel the same way about coke? How about crack? How about heroin? And, and, and, there is a legitimate, I
think, concern about the overall effects this has on society and, and particularly
vulnerable parts of our society. Substance abuse, generally legal and
illegal substances, is a problem. Locking somebody up for 20 years is
probably not the best strategy. And that’s something that we have to re,
rethink as society as a whole. Mr. President, I’d like to thank you for
your time today and I’d like to thank you for coming here and
talking about, young issues or issues for young people as well as being with the
students. I had a great time. Thank you. All right, we got it. Thanks, Mr. President. Appreciate it, man. Do you guys want to take a picture with
the crew before I get out of here? Come on, guys.

100 thoughts on “President Barack Obama Speaks With VICE News

  1. Well since Obama know the gop is opposed to every thing he wants why not just take the opposite position to trick them like the spoiled petulant little children they are

  2. This guy has his head buried in the ground … real deep.

    He ignored the GOP leadership in both houses during the first months of his first term with his "the people have voted for me and so it will be" attitude thus giving birth to the Tea Party movement and discontent in both houses.

    He and his Attorney General categorized ALL law enforcement officers as sadistic jackboots and thus created the Black Lives Matters movement

    He and his Attorney General (again), through manipulation of the justice process and secret back-dealings on airport tarmacs, effectively pardoned Hillary Clinton of two crimes as Secretary of State … Benghazi and using a personal email server.

    He labeled MULTIPLE jihadist mass shootings within our borders as "workplace violence" and "domestic" misuse of assault weapons.

    He put into effect several executive orders and has allowed states to enact laws that violate the 2nd Amendment and continues to nominate Supreme Court justices who see the 2nd Amendment as a "mistake" put in place by our forefathers.

    He compromised US's position as the strongest economy in the world while at the same time doubling the national debt to $19.3 Trillion.

    He allowed Iraq to fall again, this time to ISIS.

    He pushed Putin to the brink of a second Cold War.

    He single-handedly created an environment where a blow-hard like Trump gets huge amounts of votes and then he tells the media that it's obviously not his fault.

    .Please people, add to this list other screw-ups that he's done which I've forgotten … there's just been too many over the last 7.5 horrendous years to remember!

  3. I'm gonna miss him as a Dutchman. Obama is one of the best presidents that the US has ever had.
    Too bad some Americans don't seem to realize it.. yet.

  4. What a great man he is, intelligent, cool and chill person, americans gonna lose a lot when he leaves… i cant believe its gonna be trump or clinton… what the fuck guys, you have like 324million people and THATS the best you got?!

  5. Got here from http://www.cjr.org/analysis/the_best_and_worst_journalism_of_2015.php by following the link in the sentence " Vice’s showed that it’s more establishment-leaning than it lets on;"

  6. Very anti-republican video.  Republicans are AWARE of climate change. We are also AWARE of terrorist threats unlike Obama. He just wants the youth brain wash votes..he doesn't give a fuck about the American people

  7. GREAT! interview with a great leader– A true statesman and I am going to mis having this great man in our White House!

  8. That's a president! And you replaced this by Trump, Americans. Don't know if I should cry or laugh. Concerning climate change… Cry… Definitely cry.

  9. Well environmental well being is doomed, and our health with it.  Trump will dismantle all the efforts made so far.  Even worse with be disbanding the EPA (which was started by Nixon by the way).  This is terrifying news climate change aside.  The EPA is responsible for holding companies and individuals accountable when they pollute and monitoring to ensure they don't.  Without this regulation companies will have no opposition (opposition with teeth anyway), that could stop them from oh I dunno, dumping benzene into a river.  Pumping Arsenic and mercury in the atmosphere (mercury from coal power plants is why seafood is unsafe).    The list goes on and on, everything from hydrogen cyanide to  polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons will engulf all that we breath, drink and consume.

  10. FUN JOB? Thats true, puppet Presidents have no power…. How can you ask the Chinese to fix the carbon in the air? Anything that has to do with energy, oil and fossil fuel business will not allow any change… Well I dont have a car…. do you?

  11. Yes. We do feel the same way about meth, crack, and heroin. People should be allowed to do as they wish with their own bodies.

  12. I've always appreciated the amount of transparency Pres. Obama has given. Past administrations are so closed off not letting us know the Presidents personal rationale. I'll miss him very much

  13. well its dec/7/16>trump is going around the southerner country. thanking people. we are still here idk for how long.

  14. We lost our houses, jobs, health care and were bleed poor for 8 years.
    Obama is the worst president we ever had. So glad to see him go.

  15. its all bullshit every word that comes out of the presidents mouths never matches up to their actions there all liars and puppets and are only sticking around to serve the hidden hand, dont believe anything, there all full of shit, come and go presidents

  16. at 3:07 Obama said next president would take care of the climate change, today Donald Trump withdrew US from Paris Climate Pact😕

  17. It’s ironic that it’s the older generations who deny climate change when they’ve had their whole life to watch as the shorelines shrink and as the weather becomes more and more erratic.

  18. SUCKERS ! You just fell for the biggest con artist in America . Yellowstone's geothermal energy could easily power all of Americas energy needs . So could the great lakes . there are over 5,300 energy inventions being suppressed . Linear electric pistons that produce more energy than they consume . can power your home & vehicles without the need of a power grid . Compressed Air Technologies that don't need batteries to store energy . On top of all that YOUR VOTE IS A WORTHLESS PACIFICATION !

  19. It's a shame we have Donald Trump who is intentionaly messing things up just because he can, he is basically a troll which is sad and we don't need that at this time of global warming he is reversing just about everything Obama has done to help america

  20. 5:23– The president literally said you have SHILL representatives for energy companies running your government…..💩👹💀☠️💥

  21. His clarity of of words allows for anyone to understand the agenda and objectives of the answered questions. It allows "1" to clearly understand and make "1's" on mind- decision without being clouded.

  22. I need a dose of Obama every 2 weeks, just to remind me what a President looks and behaves like. Great guy, too bad he didn't leave more impact on policies while he had the Congress and Senate on his side But still the greatest POTUS in 21st century.

  23. War Mogul puppet and people celebrate him like a charming celebrity.Politicians are just nothing but liars and he’s not any different.He killed more people then Bush!

  24. I can't stand Obama's flippant attitude about marijuana legalization. It's not about kids wanting to get high. It's about incarcerating millions of people for smoking a plant. It should very much be at the top of EVERYONE'S list of concerns.

  25. This video will be available ten plus years from now. Probably forever, Kids of the future studying this time period. Please vote, it truly matters. At the moment we are in ther Trump era and another economic collapse is probably coming sooner or later. And maybe when you read this comment America won't be the world's sole superpower. My advice is to be curious, learn other languages, connect with like mind around the globe. Build Bridges not walls, and let's all do our part to change the world.

    This is truly weird times for America people are saddled with student loan debt, getting jobs that are minimum wage. The rise of the autos aren't yet in full swing, but many more people will lose their jobs and it will be difficult, you know how the story will play out. And hopefully, it ends up well for all of our sakes.


    August 10th 2018

  26. *Vice is just another unnecessary, redundant left wing propaganda production company..* They exist to indoctrinate younger people into radical left wing politics. Obviously, any interview or political 'documentary' they produce, is going to be biased, one-sided, pro-democrat propaganda. They WON'T be critical of democrats, nor will they hold them accountable for anything. But they most definitely WILL criticize and blame republicans for any and every problem.

  27. Theirs a running joke with the media that when you are going to an event with president obama speaking take extra batteries for your camera as he speaks so slowly

  28. Obama (thinking of when in power): everyday I wake up.. and bomb another innocent kid in Yemen.. Libya..etc (with a smile on his face) fu Obama

  29. 2018 and trumps president.
    We don't worry about climate changes.
    We worry about making walls.
    Which is also equally as acceptable in my opinion.

  30. The world had high hopes, when he came in to office. Was a great dissapointment, goes to show, regardless who is President, the so called US policy will always remain the same, invade, lie, steal oil, support the illegal Israeli regime in occupied Palestine

  31. "Under Obama, drones became the weapon of choice for the White House, the Predators of “Task Force Liberty” raining Hellfire missiles on suspect villages in the Northwest Frontier, wiping out women and children along with warriors in the ongoing battle against terrorism: seven times more covert strikes than launched by the Republican administration. Determined to show he could be as tough as Bush, Obama readied for war with Pakistan should it resist the US raid dispatched to kill Bin Laden in Abbottabad, for domestic purposes the leading trophy in his conduct of international affairs. Assassinations by drone, initiated under his predecessor, became the Nobel laureate’s trademark. In his first term, Obama ordered one such execution every four days — over ten times the rate under Bush. https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/3047-predator-drone-american-foreign-policy-under-obama

  32. This tiny little interview encapsulates exactly why DT will NEVER be considered a better president than Obama, when history judges both presidencies. Obama truly has his finger on the pulse of what is going on in this world, accepts responsibility for what he may have missed or messed up, sees what needs to be worked on and how to get a consensus (even if the other side was too stubborn to go along with it), and shared the kudos when something went right. DT takes credit for EVERYTHING that is good – whether a result of him or not – and throws blame for EVERYTHING that is bad – whether a result of him or not. And NEVER apologizes. AND acts like he's god. AND lies about all of it.

  33. lol you can hear a phone start ringing at 5:27. Talk about an oh sh*t moment for whoever's phone that was

  34. Obama is 100 times superior to Trump in terms of being a decent human being. you never hear Barack saying "look at me how smart I am" he doesn't need too. genuinely smart people don't need to point out how smart they are

  35. My testing compny will in usa one in uk one . In uk will support royal navy n royal airforce . In usa will support navy .

  36. DISGRACE TO THIS COUNTRY… I was excited to see the first black president, and then I see ALL OF THIS CORRUPT CRAP HE HAS DONE TO THIS COUNTRY!!! HE FOOLED ALL OF US. Disgusting and embarassing!!!!!!!

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