News Exercise #126


This week’s topic is a very well-said and important monologue by President Obama, so I have decided to make it a full dictation.

I believe Mr. Trump will not be president. And the reason is because ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ . And I think they recognize that ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ . It’s not ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ , it’s not ____, not _____; it’s hard, and a lot of people ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____. And it’s not ____ ____ ____ pandering and doing ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ on a given day, and sometimes it requires you ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____, and doing things that are unpopular, and ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ but don’t have some powerful political constituency. And it requires ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____, and gives people confidence that ____ ____ ____ ____, and____ ____ ____ ____, and____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____, you know ____ ____ ____ ____, and you’re not just going to play to the crowd back home, because they have their own problems back home, and you’re trying to solve problems.

Answers:
I believe Mr. Trump will not be president. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people. I think they recognize that being president is a serious job. It’s not hosting a talk show or reality show, it’s not promotion, it’s not marketing; it’s hard, and a lot of people count on us getting it right. And it’s not a matter of pandering and doing whatever gets you in the news on a given day, and sometimes it requires you making hard decisions even when people don’t like it, and doing things that are unpopular, and standing up for people who are vulnerable but don’t have some powerful political constituency. And it requires being able to work with leaders around the world in a way that reflects the importance of the office, and gives people confidence that you know the facts, and you know their names, and you know where they are on a map, you know something about their history, and not just going to play to the crowd back home, because they have their own problems back home, and you’re trying to solve problems.

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