July 7, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013
Maybe they should just book their flights and hotel rooms together. You know, so they can split the costs and save taxpayer dollars.
The problem is only one of them is currently elected as President. The other guy maybe hasn’t received the memo yet because wherever #45 goes #44 is right behind him. At first it was just sort of odd. President Trump visited a number of Asian nations including S. Korea recently and then following each stop the same leaders then met with former President Obama. Then, even more recently after Mr. Trump met with many of our European allies like Angela Merkel of Germany, Emmanuel Macron of France and Theresa May of England we saw that Mr. Obama had scheduled meetings with each of those same leaders.
And now this.
Our current President gives what was received in Poland as a rousing and inspiring speech and then literally not 3 hours after he leaves then our former President follows up by sitting down with the Polish leader.
It’s gone from quirky to odd to downright disturbing.
Someone needs to tell Barack Obama that he is in fact no longer the president. And, if sources are correct in that in each of these meetings he seeks to downplay President Trump and “reassure” each leader that there is a good chance he (Trump) will not be re-elected and so to not “overreact” to anything he says or does, well, that sure seems to be the epitome of meddling and where is the outcry from the Left?
I mean they are opposed to meddling, right?
Look, I get it. I really do.
To many on the Left Mr. Obama is their generation’s JFK. Relatively young, eloquent, highly educated, his speeches often filled with soaring rhetoric, particularly on civil rights and racial issues.
He is as far removed from being like Trump perhaps as one can get and still share the same Oval Office. To supporters of Obama he is almost a cult-like figure while Trump is loathsome. Crass. Crude. In short, the anti-Obama.
But politics can be brutal and unforgiving.
Mr. Obama went all in on Hillary Clinton. He bet heavy with his time, effort and personal and political capitol that voters would elect her as a way of keeping his legacy alive and burnishing his reputation and political cache.
And he lost. Bigly.
Hillary proved to not be the worthy successor he and others tried vainly to tout her as and it also became evident that many Americans had seen enough of the Euro-style, compromising, apologetic, “lead from behind” style of Mr. Obama.
In short and in startling terms for the Left, they wanted to see “America First.”
And so here we are, some nearly 9 months later and despite daily, persistent and costly efforts by Obama supporters and Trump haters to destabilize and de-legitimize this current Administration (Russia Collusion, Russian meddling, Russia, Russia, Russia) many continue to overlook the fact that President Obama had an 8 year run and now his successor is not Hillary Clinton and the new guy has a very different agenda.
And while fervent Obama supporters may relish and take glee in how #44 shadows #45 whenever and wherever he (Trump) goes in the world, it sets a very dangerous and harmful precedent. If George W. Bush had chose to undermine the newly elected Barack Obama in this manner the media would have skewered him so bad it would have left a permanent mark. By the way out of curiosity, who’s paying for all of #44’s travel, lodging, meals, jet fuel and security?
But, because of the poisonous and contentious relationship between #45 and the media they choose to simply cover both men and their messages and meetings as if we elected co-presidents in 2016.
We did not.
Former president Obama is someone who certainly deserves respect and admiration on many levels for a number of reasons not the least of which was his often classy and restrained personal behavior.
He needs to exhibit those traits now as a private citizen. With the Democratic Party in its current state of tatters I understand why so many in the party still look to Mr. Obama for leadership. For all of their hyperbole, let’s face it, Chuck Schumer is no Obama and Nancy Pelosi is not even in the same zip code of political credibility as #44. Bernie Sanders and his wife are being investigated by the FBI for fraud and embezzlement, Hillary is at least metaphorically speaking, still “in the woods” and seems to find new culprits to blame each day for her loss, Joe Biden is still a 5 time presidential campaign loser, Elizabeth Warren is still trying to find her footing and well, after that there are a bunch of folks who would like to lead but clearly, it still seems to be Obama’s party.
But he can serve as the head of the loyal opposition all he wishes right here in the USA. To do what he is doing is not classy, it is highly disrespectful not just to the current White House occupant but the millions of Americans who chose a very different path for the nation to take post-Obama. And depending on his message at these meetings it may even be very harmful to American interests.
In short, you are no longer President Mr. Obama. Start acting like it.