- Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips traveled to Michigan State University after former President Barack Obama took credit for the economy under President Donald Trump.
- Surprisingly, students disagreed that the current booming U.S. economy is mostly because of Obama, as the former president suggested recently.
- Instead, most students acknowledged President Trump's role in unleashing the economy.
Last week, President Obama stirred controversy after giving a speech where he told attendees that credit for the historically strong U.S. economy should go to him, and not President Trump.
After accusing Trump of being a “threat to our democracy,” Obama went on to say “When you hear how great the economy’s doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started,” alluding to his own role in the economic upturn.
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President Trump responded quickly, telling supporters “He was trying to take credit for this incredible thing that’s happening. It wasn’t him.”
So who deserves credit for how well the economy is performing?
Campus Reform headed to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan to ask students for their opinions.
“He’s been out long enough now, [the economy] is not on him anymore, it’s more on Donald Trump. I guess he’s a little bit in the wrong,” said one student when asked about former President Obama’s comments.
“I would, unfortunately, side with Trump on this one. I think he has done a lot for the economy that Obama didn’t do such a good job on so I’ll side with Trump on that one,” added another.
Other students added “I feel like once a President’s done they hand it off,” and “in terms of [economic] confidence and changing people’s attitudes, I would say that’s mostly Trump.”
Throughout the day, many self-identified liberals were in agreement: even if they didn’t like to admit it, Trump’s economy is booming.
“Of all the things I have a problem with, the economy isn’t one of them… He’s a businessman. I think that’s his strong suit,” admitted one student.
“His tweets and stuff, I find offensive… but economically I feel like he’s really helping us,” said one, while another added, “overall yeah, he does make some good deals.”
Another student said she hoped he’d become “a little bit more well mannered,” but when it came down to it, “I do know for a fact he’s been helping… and we’ve been doing better with unemployment.”