Vice President Mike Pence thinks former Leader of the Free World Barack Hussein Obama shouldn’t be so doggone political.
Personally, I can’t imagine Obama not being political. I guess Mike Pence has a better imagination. Touché, Mr. VP.
Speaking to Fox News Sunday, Pence said he finds Barack’s continuance in the political sphere “very disappointing.” He also believes, apparently, that it’s a little bit nonsensical:
“The truth is, the American people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of Barack Obama when they elected President Donald Trump.”
That’s certainly true. Perhaps also due to my limited creative vision, I can’t think of a bigger rebuke of everything Obama stands for than the hoisting of Donald J. Trump. To the Vice President, Obama is doing nothing but challenging the country’s clear choice with tired ideas:
“It was very disappointing to see President Obama break with the tradition of former presidents, and become so political and roll out the same tired argument that he and liberals have made over the last eight years.”
Pence is right. Normally, former presidents fade into the background. They cut ribbons and make speeches about achievement and play golf with other famous people. They write books and look forward to grandparenting. Why is Obama still out there, stumping? And, more importantly, why is he insulting Trump?
Initially, the Savior of the Left was set to retire quietly and amicably, stating so at a press conference in Peru near the end of his term:
“President [George W.] Bush could not have been more gracious to me when I came in. … My intention is to, certainly for the next two months, is finish my job. And then … I want to be respectful of the office and give the president-elect an opportunity to put forward his platform and his arguments without somebody popping off in every instance.”
However, Obama left himself a loophole:
“As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal or battle, but go to core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it’s necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, then I’ll examine it when it comes.”
I guess he examined Trump and got all pop-offish. Like it was going out of style.
As covered here, while speaking at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Friday, Barack accused the President of exploiting resentment:
“He’s just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years, a fear and anger that’s rooted in our past but is also born out of the enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.”
Obama’s so politically open-mouthed these days, CNN ran an article Saturday called “Obama and Trump Fight for America’s Soul.” For good measure, they described the difference in styles: Trump was characterized as “king of the barbed tweet,” while Barack was labeled “serene and intellectual.” Hey, that’s good and unbiased, right?
At Friday’s event, Obama called Trump a “threat to our democracy.” And that wasn’t all:
“None of this is conservative. … I don’t mean to pretend I’m channeling Abraham Lincoln now, but that’s not what he had in mind, I think, when he helped form the Republican Party. It’s not conservative. It sure isn’t normal. It’s radical. It’s a vision that says the protection of our power and those who back us is all that matters even when it hurts the country.”
So Obama isn’t radical?
At a rally in Anaheim Saturday, the ex-prez took another swipe at Donald J.:
“It’s always tempting for politicians for their own gain and for people in power to try to see if they can divide people, scapegoat folks, turn them on each other, because when that happens you get gridlock and government doesn’t work and people get cynical and decide to not participate. That, unfortunately, has been a spiral we’ve been on for the last couple of years. If we don’t step up, things can get worse.”
All of this seems barely a blip on DT’s radar. When asked about the speech on Friday, Trump was…well, Trump:
“I’m sorry, I watched it, but I fell asleep.”
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.@VP tells Chris: "it was very disappointing to see President Obama break with the tradition of former presidents, and become so political…the American people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of Barack Obama when they elected President Donald Trump."
Full intv Sunday. pic.twitter.com/WMNDwn93OX
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) September 8, 2018
Obama: "It's always tempting for politicians, for their own gain, and for people in power, to try to see if they can divide people, scapegoat folks, turn them on each other" https://t.co/HvrbzYN89C pic.twitter.com/8kHMNZdIuQ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 8, 2018