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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he tried to build a culture centered around problem-solving and not personal gain while in the White House — an effective strategy for any organization that also prevents “big scandals and indictments.”

Obama’s comments drew applause from a crowd of about 9,000 people at a business conference in Salt Lake City.

Obama didn’t mention President Donald Trump and wasn’t asked about him during a question-and-answer session, but he made several comments that seemed to allude to the state of the country and the Trump administration.

“Things like rule of law, democracy and you know, competence and facts; those things are not partisan, but they also don’t happen automatically,” Obama said. “There has to be citizens who insist on it and participate to make sure it happens. Democracy is a garden that has to be tended.”

Obama said he felt confident he was making the best possible decisions during his presidency about difficult problems such as Osama Bin Laden and the U.S. banking crisis because he surrounded himself with smart people who didn’t always agree with him. He said he strived to get all perspectives about the topic at hand.

Calling himself “old-fashioned,” he said he believed in “things like facts and reason and logic,” Obama said.

The remark triggered loud applause and laughter before Obama responded: “Thank you. We have a fact-based crowd here. That’s good.”

He lamented the “polarized time” we live in in which people get “fractured” information.

“People want their own facts that are suited to their opinions rather than shaping their opinions around facts,” Obama said.

He answered questions from Ryan Smith, CEO of Qualtrics International Inc., a Provo, Utah-based survey-software provider that hosted the conference, the Qualtrics Experience Management Summit. The company, which was bought last year by SAP for $8 billion, makes technology that helps companies get feedback from employees and customers.

The conference brings several big-name speakers, including Richard Branson, who went on stage before Obama and delighted the audience with stories about how started his airline company and came up with the name for his brands, Virgin.

He lit up about his “ridiculously exciting” Virgin Galactic’s venture that is working toward commercial operations that will take passengers on supersonic thrill rides to the lower reaches of space to experience a few minutes of weightlessness and a view of the Earth below. He said he hopes to go up in one of his ships in July.

At one point, Obama weighed in on about his worries about the internet and social media’s influence on children.

“It’s making them so absorbed with what is the world thinking about them in a way that we just weren’t subject to when we were kids,” said Obama, who has two daughters. “Some of this is figuring out, what’s the filter you set up that allows critical information and effective feedback … but just shutting yourself off from the narcissistic consumption of, ‘What does he think about me? Am I liked?'”

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7 thoughts on “Obama Says He Based Decisions On ‘Facts, Reason And Logic’

  1. Carla on said:

    Obama gave millions to musls and Kenya and stated black Americans were idiots and gave planned Parenthood permission to set up clinics in poor black neighborhoods to commit genocide. Now he demands $500 million from poor black neighborhoods for his ego museum of Foreign Treason! Democrats refuse to release us from slavery because now they demand Muslims have more Rights than us, give our resources to them while we remain in poverty.

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      Who’s living in poverty?
      *
      Under President Obama the African-American unemployment rate has seen a larger percentage-point decline in the recovery, falling much faster than the overall unemployment rate
      The real median income of black households increased by 4.1 percent between 2014 and 2015
      2.5 million black men got into the middle class
      The poverty rate for African Americans fell faster in 2015 than in any year since 1999.
      African American children also made large gains in 2015, with the poverty rate falling 4.2 percentage points and 400,000 fewer children in poverty.
      The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is responsible for funding more than $4 billion for HBCUs each year.
      Pell Grant funding for HBCU students increased significantly between 2007 and 2014, growing from $523 million to $824 million.
      President Obama has made 62 lifetime appointments of African Americans to serve on the federal bench
      ****
      Stop getting your information form white racist media sources. I’m not in poverty and has never lived in poverty before or after Obama.

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        I also forgot to add that black abortion & teenage pregnancy rates are at a historic lows.

    • Christianforreal on said:

      WTH? We all have a right to our opinion and to believe what we wish, but when you spout rhetoric like that you need to provide sources to prove your points You too, Willie. And those aren’t party issues, they are policies that just happen to be presented by a particular party. We vote for the candidates that present the policies that most coincide with our beliefs, morals and values. Jumping on the Independent bandwagon doesn’t help any of us.

      • Willie on said:

        @Christianforreal: It’s a fact MOST HISPANICS, including the DREAMERS whom Obama authored at the expense of the American Taxpayers HATE BLACK PEOPLE. And it is a fact many Americans who opted NOT to partake in Obama-Care were PENALIZED, being CONTRARY to a fundamental principal in America; Freedom-of-Choice.

  2. Willie on said:

    OBAMA left the American Taxpayers with these DREAMERS; a people who hate Black People! And Obama’s Health Care penalizes me bec. I don’t want to partake in Obama Care is unjust & outright un-American in the land of freedom of choice!! As such, I abandoned the Democratic Party to become an Independent.

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