Ya’ll Need To Stop Expecting Former President Obama To Start Popping Off On President Trump
That would be unnecessary and uncharacteristic for him to do
It is unnecessary and uncharacteristic for Obama and more precisely imprudent, for him in particular to call a sitting president a racist asshole. Likewise to call Trump an unintelligent buffoon or a narcissistic male chauvinist pig in his public speeches or in any public remarks. It has already been said by most of the popular vote already and probably will be how Trump is described long into the foreseeable future.
This man was a professorial law lecturer, so it wouldn’t bode well for his perceived and credentialed intelligence to admit such remarks publicly. It would defeat the hope, cause, and sanctity of his legacy to start trippin’ and poppin’ off on Trump like that, plus it would negate the decency in his civility and in the interdependence of our union for a statesman to issue such invectives.
He could definitely think it though or convey it intimately with his wife.
“You happen to be coming of age” amid backlash to progress, Obama told the students. “It did not start with Donald Trump, he is a symptom, not the cause. He is just capitalizing on resentment that politicians have been fanning for years. A fear, an anger that is rooted in our past but is also borne in our enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.”
Obama spent a sizable portion of his remarks criticizing Republicans in Congress, saying “the politics of resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party” over the last few decades and argued that the policies GOP leaders are pursuing aren’t conservative.
Those blatant resentful policies that have been in the works since the Obama Presidency are, to put it precisely and bluntly, xenophobic and racist. The Trump administration proffers nothing but bigotry and malfeasance as a value system consented by christian nationalists and predicated on the vanity and insanity of whiteness. The iniquitous Trumpian mantra of “Make America Great Again” or the policies of “America First” are essentially non-negotiable tactics towards global instability and unsustainable economies.
“It shouldn’t be Democratic or Republican to say that we don’t target groups of people because of what they look like or how they pray. … We are supposed to stand up to discrimination and we are sure as heck to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers. How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?”, Obama said.
While America’s preeminence and reverence continues to deteriorate, tarnished by a calculated political error, republicans seemingly feel it is worth it — to push and see through their agendas and not compromise with the opposing agendas of the popular vote which they could easily find common ground with and bridge divides. Instead they will to stick with their narrow-minded and short-sighted agendas that are mired in negligence and breakout into fiascos. That error in governance is widely seen for the country as losing both significant soft power, and an idyllic stature — in the world, and within its borders today.
“It should not be Democratic or Republican, it should not be partisan to say that we don’t pressure the Department of Justice or the FBI to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents,” he said. “Or to explicitly call for the attorney general to protect members of own party from prosecution because elections happen to be coming up. I am not making that up. That is not hypothetical.”
If you think about it: that a multibillion dollar Trump Wall is plausible with this downward trending market volatility; that increasingly irresolute nature of a trade war with China; that disillusionment with traditional Allies; and that awkward embrace of long standing anti-democratic and authoritarian adversaries; along with the delusion of anti-climate change motivations, then it is just jarring to try and anticipate that the Trump Administration would ameliorate any socioeconomic concerns being put towards a sound domestic and foreign policy.
Barack Obama has already stepped up to those challenges in his service and time as president. That was part of his and his family’s sacrifice. We should not project our grievances solely unto him, this is our fight and together we need to continue to represent those values that seek to free us from the oppression and injustice of dehumanization and callous.
Let me also disabuse you of any naïveté that you may detect from reading into this cognitive bias towards Obama. No one is perfect and there will never be a perfect president ever. But a standard is not impossible to expect nor too much to ask for. What we have in office today irrefutably falls well below standard. There are certain things we can all agree upon and wish Obama would say or wish he would do — back then and riobmght now — but this is not all on him and it is unkind, unfair and unrealistic to project this expectation. It is unfeasible (or absolutely despotic) to have such outsized expectations of comprehensiveness, without prudence, without the diligence, and without the will of the people to make or demand such proportionate utilitarian change for our betterment. To do so would be to underestimate and oversimplify the power and complexities of change — even with good intention.