Just 10 days into the Trump Administration and Obama has abandoned his philosophy of “a smooth transition of power.” Obama has returned to the spotlight using his old tricks of divisiveness.
Obama felt as though ten days were much too long to hold in any objections to the new administration. Perhaps he felt withdrawn from Washington and attention-starved in his McMansion in California. Obama lauded those protesting at airports across the nation in response to President Trump’s executive order.
Nonetheless, the former President broke his silence. Missing his fans, his audience, his “legacy,” he issued a statement through a spokesman. Obama felt that he could relate and speak on President Trump’s executive order issuing a temporary travel ban. After all, Obama once suspended the Iraqi Refugee Program for six months in 2011.
Statement from Kevin Lewis, Spokesperson to Former President Barack Obama:
“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be guardians of our democracy—not just during an election but every day. Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake. With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
First and foremost, Mr. Lewis has made an error in issuing this statement, it’s former president Obama. Secondly, Obama could have taken a page from President Trump’s playbook, by directly addressing the American public, himself instead of using a spokesman.
Though his statement from the spokesman was released two days ago, Obama has tweeted nothing in the past week from his Twitter handle, @BarackObama. Furthermore, these incidents highlight the protesters that have caused disarray in airports across the country; these are the protesters that “hearten” former President Obama:
- Portland Airport: A crowd of 600 gather at the airport for a second day protest, delaying traffic and causing congestion for commuters. One protester punches and knocks out a Trump supporter. While he vomited and laid weak on the ground, other protesters began to kick him in the head.
The victim, 39-year-old Grant Chisholm, is a Trump supporter who was videotaped being attacked while other protesters just watched. Chisholm was present participating in a counter-protest with his group, Bible Believers, when he was suddenly ambushed.
In addition, one of the protesters even shouted at Chisholm, “That’s how you talk to a Nazi! That’s right! Your boy got knocked out!”
“They almost killed me tonight,” Chisholm said.
- Detroit Metropolitan Airport: Dozens of protesters give their protest signs to Muslim protesters to use during a call of prayer at the airport terminals. Protesters and news outlets who have been calling this demonstration of mass Islamic prayer as ‘symbolic’ clearly have not even glanced at President Trump’s drafted executive order. In no text of the executive order does the word ‘Muslim’ even appear, nor does the order discriminate those seeking access into the U.S. on the basis of religion.
Left-wing media outlets that have pushed the executive order as an issue of humanitarian rights and religious discrimination have failed to bring mention the order simply calls for extreme vetting. The U.S. needs extreme vetting because of prior and reoccurring instance of terrorism, which coincidentally have stemmed from the same countries listed in President Trump’s executive order.
Obama failed in his presidency and would hate for Trump and the Department of Defense to implement extreme vetting that actually works to keep the American people safe. Instead of letting the current President, keep us safe, Obama adds to a pile of those who misinterpret the executive order or flat out do not acknowledge that access into the U.S. is a privilege, not a right automatically granted to any refugee that seeks entry.
President Trump has acknowledged those protesting through multiple outlets. The President has spoken directly to Americans through Twitter during the last 72 hours, stating that the problems are the airports were mostly caused by protesters themselves.
‘President Donald J. Trump Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting’ was also released this morning from the White House.
“The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror,” President Trump wrote.
President Trump also writes, “To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion- this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 countries that are majority Muslim not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.”
Obama can also take a lesson from George W. Bush’s playbook from 2011. “You won’t see me out there opining … or criticizing my successor,” Bush laughed while being interviewed at a banquet. However, Obama has hinted in a not-so-subtle way that he won’t be going away any time soon.
“As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with he specifics of some legislative proposal or battle or go to core questions about our values and ideals, and if I think that it’s necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, I’ll examine it when it comes,” Obama has stated in a post-presidential address.
Obama should sit back and let them grown ups run the country.