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USA Today: Obama: 24/7 media makes it hard to focus ‘on the long term’

“I’ve been surprised by how the news cycle here in Washington is focused on what happens this minute, as opposed to what needs to happen over the course of months, years,” Obama told the crowd at George Washington University. “The 24-hour news cycle is just so lightning fast and the attention span I think is so short that sometimes it’s difficult to keep everybody focused on the long term.”