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Obama blames Rush Limbaugh and Fox News for creating toxic opinion of his presidency (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

During an interview with NBC on Friday night, President Barack Obama explained why conservative talking heads like Rush Limbaugh and the folks at Fox News helped turn public opinion of his presidency.

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“The ability of Republican leaders to rile up their base, helped along by folks like Rush Limbaugh and some commentators on Fox News, I think created an environment in which Republican voters would punish Republicans for cooperating with me,” Obama said.

Earlier in the week, Obama spoke of how Republicans made his presidency harder.

“There were big stretches, while governing, where even though we were doing the right thing, we weren’t able to mobilize public opinion firmly enough behind us to weaken the resolve of the Republicans to stop opposing us or to cooperate with us,” Obama said.

“And there were times during my presidency where I lost the PR battle.”

h/t Mediaite

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