Barack Obama broke custom when he criticized Donald Trump.
Former Presidents are not supposed to criticize their successors.
And one former President showed Barack Obama how ex-Presidents are supposed to act.
Along the way to the GOP nomination, Trump trounced Jeb Bush.
His taunts about Jeb being “low energy” and weak on illegal immigration sunk his campaign.
Jeb was running to restore the legacy of his father and brother – former Presidents who represented the globalist wing of the GOP.
But after decades of endless war, open borders and jobs being shipped overseas, voters turned to Trump’s “America First” message.
Former President George W. Bush refused to support Trump as the GOP nominee.
It didn’t matter, as having the family of the only living former Republican Presidents lined up against him only strengthened Trump’s outsider, anti-establishment message.
After Trump signed his immigration executive orders to pause travel from seven nations with ties to terrorism for 90 days until extreme vetting can be implemented, Barack Obama jumped into the debate with both feet.
He blasted Trump’s order in a statement where he also signaled his approval for the violent, professional protests that sprung up at American airports.
Some in the media expected George W. Bush to follow in Obama’s footsteps.
Bush famously referred to Islam as a “religion of peace” and as a champion of open borders, repeatedly tried to pass amnesty legislation and did little to secure America’s borders.
However, the press was sorely disappointed when Bush refused to comment on Trump’s executive orders.
Yahoo News reports on the different approach the two former Presidents took:
Former President George W. Bush, who spent nearly eight years urging Americans not to view Islam as the enemy of the United States, will not weigh in publicly on President Trump’s controversial order temporarily freezing immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, his office said Monday.
“The same silence that was afforded to President Obama will be extended to President Trump,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told Yahoo News by email.
On Friday, Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the United States by citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days. Admission of all refugees was halted for 120 days. The order sparked protests at major U.S. airports and criticism by some U.S. allies, as well as legal challenges from civil liberties groups.
In contrast, former President Barack Obama’s spokesman issued a statement Monday saying that Obama was “heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”
“Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake,” the statement said.
George W. Bush has conducted himself with dignity and grace since leaving office.
He is showing Trump the respect and deference a former President should show the current occupant of the Oval Office.
Obama has no such similar respect for our nation or traditions.
He’s reverting to his former role of community organizer and trying to rally a revolt against Trump.