This thread is filled with so much stupid.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
the president doesn't have the power to makes laws, he just leads and negotiates.
He could've played it better, but he didn't play it poorly.
Trump, being the name he is, managed to get this going at a national level of awareness due to his notoriety (but with still a national roll of the eyes). However, the fact he was being aggressive and the fact he's a name that people recognize managed to get some polls going up in his favor.
Obama would've been better off politically letting this snow ball even farther, letting more republicans show how dumb they were by jumping on this, and then releasing it shortly before the first few debates. But doing it now still pretty much obliterates Trumps little attempt, makes him look foolish to have made such a big deal out of something that was obvious from the start, and ends the whole crap. By letting it go on for the past few weeks however he managed to let it dillude much of the talk that would've instead been about the Budget that would've likely been far worse for him.
He didn't do as well as he could, he surely didn't do poorly though....not from a political stand point.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.