It is not a stretch to say that Barack Obama and Donald Trump aren’t big fans of one another. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that they don’t send their respective families Christmas cards every year. Just a hunch.
President Trump owes a lot to his predecessor. If Trump didn’t have Obama’s horrible record to run against (remember, Hillary Clinton ran largely on Obama’s legacy), he might still be working out of Trump Tower in Manhattan instead of the White House.
Trump has exposed Obama for the weak leader that he was. Obama left US foreign policy in shambles. He was more concerned with being loved than respected, and his exit from office left Trump with an economy that was growing at a snail’s pace. He left the country deeply divided on racial issues, and the nation’s patriotic spirit was largely stifled. He constantly lectured Americans on issues big and small, seemingly more concerned with satisfying the PC police than actually being a leader.
Then, after the 2016 election, Trump exploded into office like a bull in a china shop. He wasn’t afraid of speaking his mind and standing up to the establishment. In the process, he restored the American economy, let the world know that America wasn’t going to be bullied anymore, and restored the sense of patriotism that was missing during the Obama years.
Now, though, Obama has apparently had enough of Trump’s successes. In the last few weeks, he’s been taking cheap shots at the current resident of the White House, and his attacks are only getting bolder as time goes on.
In a video chat with supporters on Friday, Obama criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus response.
“It has been an absolute chaotic disaster,” Obama said, “when that mindset of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ — when that mindset is operationalized in our government.”
Then, over the weekend, he spoke at a virtual commencement address for our nation’s youth, seizing the opportunity to take a swipe at Trump over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to audiences at historically black colleges and universities, Obama told graduates, “More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
Then, during a call with his administration’s alumni, Obama said that “There is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic—not just institutional norms—but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk. And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.”
President Trump, being the counterpuncher that he is, jabbed back at Obama on Twitter. Trump tweeted, “We are getting great marks for the handling of the CoronaVirus pandemic, especially the very early BAN of people from China, the infectious source, entering the USA. Compare that to the Obama/Sleepy Joe disaster known as H1N1 Swine Flu. Poor marks, bad polls – didn’t have a clue!”
It was nice not hearing from Obama for so long. Unfortunately, he has returned to lecture Trump and those of us who support him.
We are perfectly capable of managing our own lives, thank you very much. Go back to Martha’s Vineyard Barack and golf with your limousine Liberal pals. Our country is better without you as president.