*The South Side came out of President Barack Obama today while addressing critics that he says “pop off” with their opinions about U.S. policy regarding ISIS.
The moment happened during a news conference at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey following two days of talks with world leaders. The president was visibly annoyed by repeated questions about whether he had underestimated the power of ISIS, particularly in the wake of Friday’s attacks in Paris.
GOP candidates Ben Carson, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump have been criticizing the Obama administration for either being too soft, or showing ignorance with its current policy. Carson said Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq led to the formation of ISIS, and that he has intel about its link with China that Obama’s administration was unable to find. Trump proclaimed that he would “bomb the s**t” out of ISIS, and Bush suggested that any U.S. assistance to refugees fleeing the Middle East should be primarily focused on Christians, another idea that rankled Obama.
“That’s shameful,” Obama declared. “That’s not American. That’s not who we are.”
Obama said most of his critics are simply “talking as if they’re tough” and offering no real ideas.
“Folks want to pop off and have opinions on what they think they would do, present a specific plan,” he said.
— THE REAL SHEEDZ (@SHEEDZ) November 16, 2015
It became, perhaps, the most retweeted part of the speech…at least on Black Twitter:
Lincoln: “Fourscore & seven years ago..” Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you ..” Obama: “If folks wanna pop off ” — Bad News (@Andreee4000) November 16, 2015
Obama: “If folks wanna pop off” Translation: pic.twitter.com/jzYhc1eshU
— proto (@The__Prototype) November 16, 2015
I still can’t believe Obama said “if folks wanna pop off” we gotta give him a third term for this — Nathan Zed (@NathanZed) November 16, 2015
I almost want to watch fox news and watch them have a heart attack about Obama saying “pop off”
— Hollastar Barksdale (@Hollastar) November 16, 2015
somebody gotta sample obama saying “if folks wanna pop off” for their mixtape intro — LIL A (@AFRlCANA) November 16, 2015
If President Obama can say “folks wanna pop off” in a press conference, I can say it in an essay.
— LL Cool K (@KyairaaaF) November 16, 2015
Chi-town Barry Obama really said “Folks wanna pop off” ?? pic.twitter.com/3NPheM6Rfl
— Luckydoot1 GO! (@LuckyovLegends) November 16, 2015
My nigga Obama said “if folks wanna pop off” at a live press conference. He said fuck it, it’s year 7 here’s the black side of me. — janae (@_thee10thletter) November 16, 2015
Now that Obama has said pop off, I expect his next address end in in: “Run up, run up and get done up, done up.”
— Brandon Taylor (@brandonrambles) November 16, 2015
— PragmaticObotsUnite (@PragObots) November 16, 2015