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Obama Endorses Clinton, Then Undermines Her On TPP

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After having stated she is against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and opposes a lame-duck vote on that agreement after the election, President Obama on Thursday endorsed his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, in her bid for the presidency. Then the president, a few hours later, appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and did this:

Yes, that's President Obama with Jimmy Fallon, using a "Slow-Jamming the News" segment to promote the TPP.

Jamming the TPP

An account of the segment is at Politico, "Obama slow-jams the news, swings at Trump":

"...Obama kept up the straight-man routine: 'But I believe that it is of the utmost importance to work alongside other world leaders. That's why I signed the Iran nuclear deal. That's why we reopened diplomatic ties with Cuba. And that's why I negotiated the new trade deal called Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.'

"'Now, hold on there, Prez dispenser -- are you saying you're down with TPP?' Fallon asked.

"'Yeah, you know me,' Obama responded, before explaining the trade deal's merits. 'Look, Jimmy, the TPP allows American businesses to sell their products both at home and abroad. The more we sell abroad, the more higher paying jobs we provide here at home. It's that simple.'

"Fallon then asked, 'So what you're saying is, this trade deal will help put everyday Americans back to --'

"'Work, work, work, work, work, work, work, he put us back to work, work, work, work, work, he put us back to,' sang Tariq, in the style of Rihanna.

"Obama finished: 'Work, work, work, work, work.'

"'...And that is how we slow jam the news,' Fallon concluded.

"Obama finished with an 'oh, yeah.'"

Because We Don't Already?

"The TPP allows American businesses to sell their products both at home and abroad." Because apparently American companies don't already sell their products in throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and every other continent?

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