How seven years of Obama created Trump

America has been run for nearly a decade by a clever incompetent. It’s hardly surprising that the voters are revolting

The morning after Barack Obama was elected, in November 2008, I put the television on in my hotel room in New York to watch the reaction. Fox News was putting on a brave face, though the sourness and anger were barely contained: but MSNBC, an avowedly liberal network, was in a state of almost convulsive ecstasy.

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