Obama: GOP 'Used to be Opposed to Russia and Authoritarianism,' Now Putin is Trump's 'Role Model'

Obama said he deals with Putin because "that's part of foreign policy," but "I don't go around saying that's my role model."

"Can you imagine Ronald Reagan idolizing somebody like that? He saw America as a shining city on a hill; Donald Trump calls it a divided crime scene," he said.

He dropped Reagan's name at another point in the speech, insisting "this isn't Abraham Lincoln's Republican Party; this isn't even division of freedom that Ronald Reagan talked about."

The president also referenced a Washington Post story that said Trump used money from his charitable foundation to buy a large self-portrait.

"You want to debate foundations and charities? One candidate's family foundation has saved countless lives around the world. The other candidate's foundation took money, other people gave to his charity, and then bought a six-foot-tall painting of himself," Obama said. "I mean, you know, he had the taste not to go for the 10-foot version, but..."

Obama spent a good portion of his address touting his record --"more Americans are working, more have health insurance, incomes are rising, poverty is falling, and gas is $2.00 a gallon."

"Thanks, Obama," he thanked himself.