A day or so after President Barack Obama boasted that he would have won in election 2016 had he been able to run for a third term, Donald Trump, the president-elect, took to Twitter and chose to disagree, according to the Washington Examiner. “President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that, but I say NO WAY! - jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.”

Trump makes an interesting point that Obama would have been vulnerable due to a weak record.

The president enjoys higher than he deserves approval ratings mostly because the media concentrated on the Trump vs. Hillary Clinton race, arguing over who was the scariest candidate. In the alternate history in which the 22nd Amendment that limits presidents to two terms, Obama would have become the issue.

The argument would have revolved around who would have been the better candidate. Obama is certainly a better politician that Hillary Clinton even imagined herself to be.

But pundits and rival politicians have underestimated Trump to their sorrow. Trump was better on the campaign trail than either Mitt Romney or John McCain, two men Obama beat handily.

The answer to who would have won is, in a sense, unanswerable because it depends on factors that are unknowable. Obama would have been hampered by the fact that whoever ran, 2016 was a change election year. Positioning himself as a change candidate would have been a neat trick even for someone like the outgoing president.

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In any case, the tit for tat exchange illustrates how the new media has given politicians an outlet for giving out their messages. Obama made his boast on a podcast run by an old ally, David Axelrod. Trump responded on Twitter, a platform which he has used previously to good effect. The mainstream media was reduced to being bystanders, reporting on a schoolyard-style taunt faceoff between the outgoing president and the incoming president.

Just as Franklin Roosevelt mastered radio and John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan used television, Trump has made social media his own. He who controls the media controls the message, which will make the next four years enjoyable indeed.

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