President Barack Obama delivered a veiled rebuke to Hillary Clinton today for spending the summer and much of the fall taking it easy as Donald Trump barnstormed the nation.
The two-time winner Electoral College winner said he was victorious in Iowa, a mostly white state, 'not because the demographics dictated' it, but because he spent 87 days going to 'every small town and fair and fish fry and VFW hall.'
Some counties he may have lost by fewer votes because he dropped in, the president said. Others he may have won unexpectedly because he spent so much time there.
'And the challenge for a national party is how do you dig in there and create those kinds of structures so that people have a sense of what it is that you stand for.'
Conversations in the party about grassroots efforts and building a bottom up party will 'contribute to stronger outcomes in the future,' he assessed. 'And I'm optimistic that will happen.'
Democrats who are 'feeling completely discouraged' by last Tuesday's election, Obama said, should remember that 'things change pretty rapidly.'' But they don't change inevitably. They change because you work for it,' he said.
Obama suggested during his news conference on Monday afternoon that Clinton didn't excite her supporters the way Trump did.
Recalling their conversation in the Oval Office last week, Obama said he told the president elect that he was impressed by Trump's ability to generate enthusiasm.
'I think that to the extent that there were a lot of folks who missed the Trump phenomenon, I think that connection that he was able to make with his supporters,'