Maybe some leaders are a bit confused, but there is only one president of the United States of America, and his name is Donald Trump. With former President Barack Obama popping up all around the globe, it is easy to see how foreign leaders can be confused.
Obama’s recent speech to start the Fourth Congress of Indonesian Diaspora and his appearance in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while President Trump was in Brussels, is and confusing to say the least. If an uninformed person were to see the former president on stage with Germany’s current leader, they’d easily get the wrong idea.
Mr. Obama is no longer in power, well, not officially at least.
This vocal, high profile role that Obama has taken has not sat well with some people in the current administration, and Congress. Just this past March, House Representative Mike Kelly, (R-Pa) went so far as to allege that Obama bought a home in Washington DC to undermine President Trump and his plans to undo Obama policies.
Kelly was quoted as saying, “I think we ought to pitch in to let him [Obama] go someplace else because he’s only there for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to run a that is going to totally upset the new agenda.”
Kelly went on to state, “I don’t think it should come as any surprise that there are people that burrowed into government during eight years of the last administration and may have believed in that agenda and want to continue to seek it.”
Due to the frequency of leaks, Kelly is not the only Republican who thinks some government officials are loyal to Obama, not America or the new Trump administration. When the subject was brought up to press secretary Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary agreed that it is very possible that they’re having to fight a hidden battle with government employees trying to continue what the Obama administration started.
Recently, the former president met with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. According to President Moon, he is singularly focused on pursuing sanctions to deal with the very problematic North Korea and its nuclear program. The Korean leader is meeting with Obama now is because he sees this as the “last chance” he can get everyone to the negotiating table.
This is interesting considering Obama’s inability to make meaningful advancements regarding North Korea’s. In fact, during Obama’s eight years as president, North Korea had four missile tests without any repercussions.
Moon says he and Obama also spoke about his recent meeting with the man who currently resides in the White House, President Trump. He sought advice on how to improve the relationship with the outspoken president.
Considering they are polar opposites in approach, and agenda, and have an icy relationship, at best, Obama may not be the best person for any foreign leader to go to for advice on getting on Trump’s good side.
An Obama Foundation spokesman says the former President was invited, and accepted, before the election of President Trump. This may be true, but this is the second time Obama and Trump have had such a coincidental schedule.
When George W. Bush left office, many in the media noted how the former Texas president disappeared from the national stage. Besides an occasional appearance to help wounded veterans, or a ceremony attended by multiple former presidents, Mr. Bush was rarely seen. Obama has noted how much he appreciated Bush’s silence during his tenure. That said, the former community organizer also notes that he is “still a citizen and that carries with it duties and obligations.”
These chance encounters are becoming a trend that is unprecedented and unpresidential. Never has America had a president commenting so negatively about his immediate successor. Yet this is not the first time Obama has been condescending and taken the other side of a Trump position or action.
When speaking on President Trump’s attempts to repeal and replace his signature achievement, Obamacare, Obama said, “Now some of the progress we made is imperiled because a significant debate is taking place in the United States.”
This was not the only indirect jab Obama has taken at the current leader of the free world. Even if he avoids the direct mention of Trump’s name, it is very clear who the partisan Democrat is referring to when he speaks negatively about attitudes on trade, the “threat of nationalism,” a southern border wall, global warming and multi-national trade deals.
Obama’s defense of globalization and a singular, liberal world governance is the antithesis of the Reagan-esque “peace through strength” doctrine and “America First” economic populism espoused by the New York billionaire, and his voters.
This 180 degree shift in world views and economic theory is what led Mr. Trump to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, something Mr. Obama is clearly miffed about. “In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change — an agreement that, even with the temporary absence of American leadership, will still give our children a fighting chance,” Obama said.
Obama has not come out and announced he was part of The Resistance, like many of his former administration officials, most notably Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch, but he has advocated for people to continue the fight against Trump’s plans to transform America.
While Obama may be upset by the undoing of his efforts, the fact is, Trump won on unraveling the Obama agenda and being the opposite of Obama. After eight years of trying the Democrats and Obama’s way, Americans decided they did not like the leftist presidents vision of “fundamental transformation” and decided to to try a different way. Voters voted for a president who put their interest above the globe’s interest.
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