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President Barack Obama on Monday evening weighed in on the controversy over the latest Republican debate by mocking the GOP presidential candidates for not being able to “handle a bunch CNBC moderators.”
“They say, ‘When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out,’ and then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators,” Obama told a star-studded gathering at the Broadway show Hamilton, where the Democrats held a $5,000-per-person fundraiser.
He continued: “If you can’t handle those guys, I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”
Barack Obama from the stage of Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ on Monday.’
Obama addressed the crowd, to a rousing applause, before the show’s final number. Attendees included Chris Rock, Kerry Washington, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Martin Scorsese and Scarlett Johansson.
This wasn’t the president’s first time watching Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit, which is also a favorite of former Vice President Dick Cheney. “Man, I love this show,” Obama told the audience. “It’s the only thing Dick Cheney and I agree on. You know when you’ve brought Barack Obama and Dick Cheney together, you’ve accomplished something.”
Obama made his comments about the GOP presidential candidates amid the ongoing aftermath of the October 28 CNBC presidential debate, which has been widely criticized by the Republican candidates as being out of control and unfair.
Following the Republican National Committee’s announcement that the party will boycott next year’s NBC debate amid the flap over format and control of the questioning, Carly Fiorina on Monday backed the notion that Glenn Beck should moderate one of the future debates. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz floated the idea of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity as moderators.
Barack Obama waves to the crowd at Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ on Monday.
Over the weekend, attorney Ben Ginsberg, who has met with a number of the candidates’ operatives, put together a letter that poses a series of demands. A draft copy, which was circulated among the candidates Monday, includes a number of diva-esque demands, ranging from banning “gotcha questions,” keeping the temperature on the stage below 67 degrees and allowing at least one bathroom break.
Typical to form, Donald Trump broke with the rest of the the field, saying that he planned to negotiate with the individual networks himself.
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