Donald Trump’s win stunned everyone.
And that included Barack Obama.
So how did the out-going President react to Trump’s win?
The media has lavished their praise on Obama for his conduct after Trump’s victory.
But is it deserved?
Sure Obama has gone through the motions of trying to oversee an orderly transfer of power.
But, he has been dropping hints – and some not so subtly – that he resents Trump and will be fiercely critical of his administration.
In an interview with the New Yorker, he hinted Trump was not prepared to be President based on the 90-minute conservation they had two days after the election:
The official line at the White House was that the hour-and-a-half meeting with Trump went well and that Trump was solicitous. Later, when I asked Obama how things had really gone, he smiled thinly and said, “I think I can’t characterize it without . . . ” Then he stopped himself and said that he would tell me, “at some point over a beer—off the record.
I wasn’t counting on that beer anytime soon. But after the sitdown with Trump, Obama told staff members that he had talked Trump through the rudiments of forming a cabinet and policies, including the Iran nuclear deal, counter-terrorism policy, health care—and that the President-elect’s grasp of such matters was, as the debates had made plain, modest at best. Trump, despite his habitual bluster, seemed awed by what he was being told and about to encounter.”
Obama also tried to smear Trump by delegitimizing his victory and Presidency.
In an interview with the German newspaper Der Spiegel, Obama claimed Trump’s victory didn’t mean much in terms of political impact because only 27 percent of the American population voted for him.
As Tom Bevan of Real Clear Politics pointed out, only 28 percent of the population voted for Obama and that didn’t stop him from claiming a mandate.
Obama takes swipe at Trump legitimacy. Of course, by this logic, he was re-elected in 2012 w/support of just 28% of American population. pic.twitter.com/4wMic3NdcY
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) November 20, 2016
Obama has also told aides he will not afford President Trump the same courtesy of refraining from commenting on his successor’s actions that George W. Bush afforded him.
The New York Times reports:
“President Obama is rethinking his plans to withdraw from the political arena after he leaves office next year, hinting to friends and supporters that he wants to add his voice to the shellshocked Democratic activists and elected officials who are now angrily vowing to oppose Donald J. Trump’s presidency…
…One friend of Mr. Obama’s, who requested anonymity to discuss private discussions with the president, said the election results seemed to have made him more willing to remain part of the political debate.
“Everyone he talks to walks away with this impression,” the friend said.
In an interview with The New Yorker this week, Mr. Obama said that if Mrs. Clinton had won the election, he might have just turned over the keys and walked away on Inauguration Day. With Mr. Trump’s victory, he said he felt “some responsibility to at least offer my counsel” to the Democratic Party’s political warriors he leaves behind in Washington.
Exactly how — and when — Mr. Obama would once again engage in direct and public opposition to Mr. Trump’s agenda is unclear.
“I don’t know what President Obama will do,” Ms. Tanden said. “But I know that he loves the foundations of democracy. If he thinks that’s threatened, I imagine he might speak out.”
Obama does not intend to walk off the stage.
He will be a constant nuisance to President Trump.
For all the talk of Obama reciprocating the class which was shown to him by President Bush during his transition, the media and Obama are forgetting the part where former President Bush also allowed him to conduct his affairs without being heckled by his predecessor.
But class has never been Obama’s strong suit.