I know, I hate to do this to you. The minute I heard that voice again I nearly made my coffee and Irish coffee. Or maybe just an Irish without the coffee. But the hypocrisy is too much. I just had to address this.
Don’t worry, I’ve done the listening for you. Here are the key lines from Obama’s speech last night in Richmond, Virginia supporting Virginia gubernatorial candidate of Ralph Northam.
Folks don’t feel good right now about what they see. They don’t feel as if our public life reflects our best.
The question now, at a time when our politics just seems so divided and so angry and so nasty, is whether we can recapture that spirit, is whether we support, and embrace someone who wants to bring people together. I’ve always believed in that kind of politics.
That’s a lie. He has never believed in that kind of politics. He has always talked about that kind of politics. But the man who jammed Obamacare through and revamped the American health care system on a party-line vote has never actually practiced bringing anyone together.
Rather, he incessantly demonized his opponents his entire presidency.
Okay, a couple of examples. Here is Obama in 2015 talking about Republicans who wanted to put a temporary hold on taking Syrian refugees following terror attacks in Europe, sentiments he dismissed as “political posturing”:
Apparently, they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America. At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three-year-old orphans.
Yes, Republicans are scared of three-year-old orphans. Now that’s what I call bringing people together.
Or how about this one, from January 2013:
But it seems as if what’s motivating and propelling at this point some of the House Republicans is more than simply deficit reduction. They have a particular vision about what government should and should not do. So they are suspicious about government’s commitments, for example, to make sure that seniors have decent health care as they get older. They have suspicions about Social Security. They have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat or whether we should be spending money on medical research. So they — they got a particular view of what government should do and — and should be.
Republicans are a very suspicious lot, don’t you think? Suspicious enough to starve poor kids.
Barack Obama, who revived racial tensions with his focus on the rare times white police unjustly kill African Americans, severely divided this country. President Trump is also divisive and attacks his enemies. But he’s no worse than Obama. Just less subtle about it.
At least Trump actually meets with Democrats and talks to them on the phone. Meeting with Republicans is something Obama just about never did.
Obama will spend the rest of his life trying to characterize his presidency as a time when higher values reined, even though he proved himself again and again to be a leftist Alinskyite and a product of Chicago machine politics who viewed his opposition as not just of another opinion, but as hateful and motivated by evil. The sad part, of course, is that the press and historians will accept his effort to rewrite history.