I’m sure Obama blamed Hillary Clinton much more than himself for President Trump’s win. I doubt he understood the depth of concern within the country that the nation was adrift from its moorings and losing its identity to Obama’s globalism.
Not to mention his lousy performance on the economy, including a perennially low GDP increases and stagnant wage growth.
Former President Barack Obama was unhappy with Hillary Clinton and her failed “soulless campaign” in 2016, saying he saw her loss as a “personal insult.”
The new details come from a recently released update to New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker’s book Obama: The Call of History.
The new edition, which includes Obama’s reaction to the 2016 election, said Obama compared himself to Michael Corleone, the titular character of “The Godfather.” Obama thought he “almost got out” of office untouched, like a mob boss avoiding a hit job.
Obama found himself shocked by the election results, thinking before Nov. 8 there was “no way Americans would turn on him” and “[h]is legacy, he felt, was in safe hands.” The book details that Obama could not believe Americans had “decided to replace him with a buffoonish showman
Democrats don’t like this one bit. They and their allies in the media are suddenly recoiling from the notion of investigating someone. Because that someone is suddenly them, or their friends in the Obama administration.
And so they’ve become shrill, attacking Attorney General Barr as a hack whose gone from an honorable public servant to a lackey for President Trump.
And yet, what would Democrats do if the George W. Bush administration, with Dick Cheney lurking darkly in the background, decided to investigate the Obama campaign. And sent people to spy on the campaign, which is what happened to Trump. And requested dozens of “unmaskings” of Americans whose names the intel agencies were never supposed to reveal.
And it turned out THERE WAS NOTHING THERE.
Of course they’d be screaming bloody murder and demanding that Eric Holder get busy to uproot all the corruption of the previous regime.
Barr is doing what an attorney general should do. The Democrats are utter hypocrites. Do they not care about an administration investigating its political opposition.
Barr should follow this as far as it goes. It’s hard to believe Barack Obama did not approve such a contentious act as investigating a candidate for president. We need to know whether Obama knew and what information he had that led him to think such a probe was justifiable.
I mean, he didn’t mention President Trump by name.
But everyone knows whom Barack Obama is talking about here during a speech he gave Monday in Nevada:
Unlike some, I actually try to state facts, I believe in facts, alright? I believe in a fact-based reality and a fact-based politics. I don’t believe in just making stuff up. I think you should, like actually say to people what’s true.
And then he goes on to some typical Democratic tax cut demagoguery, saying Republicans were trying to help out “billionaires and corporations,” etc.
Of course, like him or hate him, it’s clear Trump is a liar. I think even he’d admit that. You know, if he’s being honest . . .
But the sight of an ex-president attacking his predecessor and his policies in this vicious manner is something pretty new, I think. So let’s drop all this “We go high, they go low” nonsense, okay?
There’s a lot of chatter right now about how former Attorney General Eric Holder, who may be running for president, broke Michelle Obama’s “rule,” that, “When they go low, we go high.”
That’s “our motto,” she proclaimed during her 2012 DNC convention speech. Holder invoked it the other day, riffing, “When they go low, we kick them.”
Of course, in the current context of Democrats physically confronting Republicans and their elected officials, that’s pretty irresponsible.
Michelle kinda, sorta criticized Holder during an appearance Thursday on “Today,” saying she stood by her supposed maxim. “Fear is not a proper motivator,” she said, which sounds more like a dig at President Trump than Holder, but, whatever.
The fact is, Barack Obama frequently went low, repeatedly demonizing the opposition, and Michelle Obama did too, she was just subtle about it. I was frequently disgusted by her other 2012 campaign mantra, “Who are we?” in which she suggested that Republicans were morally contemptible.
From a speech she gave at a fundraiser on September 30, 2011:
Will we be a country that tells folks who’ve done everything right but are still struggling, “tough luck, you’re on your own”? Who are we?
Or will we honor that fundamental American belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper, and if one of us is hurting, then all of us are hurting? Who are we as a nation? (Applause.)
Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to the few at the top? Or will we give every child a chance to succeed, no matter where she’s from, what she looks like, or how much money her parents have? Who do we want to be as a nation?
Will we lose sight of those basic values that made our country great and built our thriving middle class? Or can we rebuild our economy for the long term so that work pays, and responsibility is rewarded, and everyone — everyone — gets a fair shake and does their fair share?
That is the choice we face. Those are the stakes.
Seriously? Conservatives lack “basic values”? They just want opportunity for those at the top? They don’t care about people who are hurting? Please find me a conservative who ever told someone, “Tough luck, you’re on your own”?
It’s never enough for liberals, including Michelle, to disagree with conservatives. Conservatives have to be dumb, evil, or both.
Barack Obama, the Alinskyite, was much worse, of course. Famously there’s this one from 2010:
If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.
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.
Obama January 2013 suggesting Republicans don’t care about kids getting enough to eat and have “suspicions” about Social Security:
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.
Very suspicious characters, those Republicans.
There are many more examples. Obama specifically demonized Republicans in ways George W. Bush never did Democrats. I covered both administrations, and in fact, Bush rarely if ever even used the word “Democrat,” not wanting to sound too divisive and believing the presidency was above such partisanship.
The Obamas didn’t just question Republican policy choices. They questioned their motives and their character. And that’s going pretty low.
Apparently, former presidents get intelligence briefings. Why? Because that’s what you do!
Anyway, according to the New Yorker, Trump considered revoking Obama’s:
As Trump stepped up his public and private attacks on Obama, some of the new President’s advisers thought that he should take the extraordinary step of denying Obama himself access to intelligence briefings that were made available to all of his living predecessors. Trump was told about the importance of keeping former Presidents, who frequently met with foreign leaders, informed. In the end, Trump decided not to exclude Obama, at the urging of McMaster.
Trump Tuesday denied it: “Never discussed or thought of!”
Fake News, of which there is soooo much (this time the very tired New Yorker) falsely reported that I was going to take the extraordinary step of denying Intelligence Briefings to President Obama. Never discussed or thought of!
I do fault Trump for this. WHY DIDN’T HE CONSIDER IT? These president’s don’t need intel briefings. We don’t need people wasting time preparing them. And then, I assume, flying out to deliver them, since ex-presidents don’t come to you, you go to them.
People will argue the presidents need them to “give advice” to current presidents. I don’t think Trump is calling up the Bushes for advice. Not to mention Clinton or Obama. Anyway, if he needs their input, then give them the relevant intel. They’re private citizens now, don’t make the system continue to support them more than it has to.
Let’s face it, the reason ex-presidents want intel briefing is because it’s awesome!
This is a highly produced video by the White House of President Trump’s appearance Thursday at a newly reopened steel plant in Granite City, Illinois.
BTW, what a great name for a place. Can you be a wimp and live in Granite City, Illinois? Wouldn’t make sense.
Anyway, I show you this not to glorify Trump, but because it shows him repeating the phrase “You are the ones,” as in, “You are the ones that are making American great again.” Which seems to me to be a conscious effort to contrast with Barack Obama’s famously self-glorifying, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
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