We just checked the U.S. Constitution and, we were right: There’s only one president at a time.
But Barack Obama, who moved out of the White House on January 20 and, we all hoped, into obscurity, is trying to be the shadow president, refusing to duck out of the spotlight as he tries to discredit President Trump at every turn.
On Thursday, when Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord — one of Obama’s signature policies — the former president went bat crazy.
Speaking as a private American citizen, Obama said: “The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way.”
Remember that Obama signed the agreement without the consent of the U.S. Congress, an executive overreach of extraordinary magnitude. But when Trump decided that the accord was just too costly ($1 billion-plus already in taxpayer money) for a measly return (two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100), Obama spoke as if he is still president.
And, of course, he praised his own bold vision.
“A year and a half ago, the world came together in Paris around the first-ever global agreement to set the world on a low-carbon course and protect the world we leave to our children,” he said.
“It was steady, principled American leadership on the world stage that made that achievement possible. It was bold American ambition that encouraged dozens of other nations to set their sights higher as well. And what made that leadership and ambition possible was America’s private innovation and public investment in growing industries like wind and solar — industries that created some of the fastest new streams of good-paying jobs in recent years, and contributed to the longest streak of job creation in our history.”
Now, Trump is less than 150 days into his (first) term as president. He’s just getting started. But here are few things Obama left behind when his time in the White House was over. A crumbling health care system that is on the verge of implosion; $9,334,590,089,060.56 (that’s trillion) in new debt; a Middle East in absolute shambles; the terror group ISIS stronger than ever and growing fast; the U.S. border so porous some American cities are overrun with illegal aliens; and the list goes on and on.
The fact that Obama thought it right to weigh in — and to express his opinion in direct opposition of the sitting president — reveals a lot. Obama is not interested in healing the divide that split America in 2016. Instead, he’s interested only in advancing his pathetic legacy, and doesn’t care if he badmouths the American president if it keeps up his profile in the rest of the world.
Obama would rather look good to his globalist buddies — the ones who want the United States, as always, to foot the bill for an expensive but essentially pointless program — than stand behind America.
Sure, he could’ve just kept his mouth shut (remember what your grandmother taught you?). But Obama clearly thinks he’s serving his third term as president.
And unfortunately, we can’t impeach him from his self-appointed post.