Former President Barack Obama is back in the spotlight of political discourse again, and he is just as condescending as ever. The Liberal “Chosen One” is out with a new self-serving 762-page volume about his life, a work he entitled The Promised Land.
Obama began a promotional tour for the book on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday night, but instead of spending the interview talking about his book, he decided it was time to take shots at President Trump. No longer could he remain silent, apparently. He felt compelled to speak out against the Big Bad Orangeman.
Interviewer Scott Pelley indulged the former president’s ego by lobbing him softball questions meant to give him an opportunity to pile on the current president…and Obama happily obliged him.
It is amazing to me that the media act as if Barack Obama was a unifying leader in the White House. According to them, he was scandal-free and never spoke poorly of his opponents. They seem to forget that race relations and national unity collapsed on his watch. The riots in Ferguson and Baltimore happened during his presidency, not Trump’s.
Obama then had the gall to compare President Trump to a dictator. He told Pelley that “I think that there has been this sense over the last several years that literally anything goes and is justified in order to get power. And that’s not unique to the United States.” Obama continued, “There are strong men and dictators around the world who think that I can do anything to stay in power. I can kill people. I can throw them in jail. I can run phony elections. I can suppress journalists. But that’s not who we’re supposed to be.”
Well, that’s rich coming from the man whose administration had reporters surveilled and their property seized.
In one of the great ironies of the modern media, Barack Obama’s administration tailed and prosecuted more journalists than any administration in modern American history. It is deeply hypocritical that the media’s Chosen One presided over an administration that violated freedom of the press. Yet, in their eyes, Donald Trump is mean to them in tweets, so clearly that’s much worse.
Fox News reporter James Rosen was spied on and had his cell phone records and personal emails collected, and his movements were tracked by the State Department.
Even a New York Times reporter was treated harshly by the Obama DOJ. Mark Levin wrote the following in his book Unfreedom of the Press: “James Risen, a reporter for the New York Times, was also treated as a coconspirator with a government source who was indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act of 1917. Risen was subpoenaed, the government sought access to his phone and computer records, tried to compel him to testify against one of his sources, and for several years threatened him with imprisonment. Risen later described the Obama administration as ‘the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.’”
Obama then blamed conservative media for the ills of the country. He thinks that Americans are too stupid to know the truth. He is an elitist and the following comment confirms it:
“I do think the current media environment adds to that greatly. This democracy doesn’t work if we don’t have an informed citizenry. This democracy doesn’t work if we don’t have responsible elected officials at other levels who are willing to call the president when he’s not doing something right, call him on it.”
Then Obama straight-up called for Orwellian tech censorship, saying “I think we’re gonna have to work with the media and with the tech companies to find ways to inform the public better about the issues and to… bolster the standards that ensure we can separate truth from fiction.”
But hey, gang, Trump is the authoritarian here. The worst part about Obama’s new book is that he is going to inundate the airwaves over the next few weeks, and we have to listen to him lecture us all over again.