As a matter of protocol, former President’s try to remain silent on how their successor conducts his affairs.
American can only have on President at a time.
But Barack Obama announced he may undermine President-elect Trump, and it could have dire consequences for America.
Liberals are shell-shocked over the results of November 8th.
They thought Hillary Clinton had the election in the bag.
But Trump won the Presidency by running his campaign on the complete repudiation of the legislative and cultural priorities of Obama and the Democrats.
Now that the party is out of the White House and in the minority in Congress, liberals are looking for someone to lead their fight to sabotage the Trump administration.
In a press conference in Germany, Obama announced he was game for the task.
“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,” Obama said, but “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.”
Obama was speaking at a press conference in Peru just before flying back from a week-long foreign trip that he said was “likely” his last as president (a potential shift, as he and aides had until Sunday been definitive in calling this his last foreign trip), at the end of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit where he’d met with, among others, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese President Shinzo Abe, who have all had different interests in the election results.
Obama’s refusal to sit back will be welcome news to many Democrats who are searching for party leadership and who are still largely in love with him. But his advice about not waging all-out war on Trump and the Republicans isn’t what many in the shell-shocked party want to hear.”
Critics argue this is no surprise.
Democrats often invent “norms” so they can use them to silence Republicans and flouting them as needed in order to benefit their political agenda.
One way they can “otherize” a Trump Presidency is to point towards Obama’s remarks and declare that things are so far off the rails, even former Presidents are speaking out.
When Barack Obama took office, President George W. Bush famously said he owed Obama his silence.
And he kept good to his word.
Former President Bush kept out of the spotlight and refrained from commenting on issues.
He made only one brief return to the campaign trail, and that was to stump for his brother Jeb’s doomed Presidential campaign in South Carolina.
Bush won praise from many quarters and saw his approval numbers slowly climb from the 20 percent mark when he left office.
But Obama appears to be taking another course.
However, based on his comments, Obama is not likely to engage in partisan warfare until after President-elect Trump’s inauguration.
Do you think Obama should follow George W. Bush’s example and remain quiet while President Trump governs?
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