Obama seems to be having some difficulty transitioning from life in the Oval Office. Unlike most previous Presidents, Obama has done everything in his power to stay relevant and undermine President Donald Trump since the day he left office and Trump was sworn into office. It is generally expected by outgoing Presidents of the United States to stay out of the public eye and allow their successor to pursue their agenda with little interference. Obama must not have gotten the memo.
For the first couple of months of Trump’s Presidency, Obama was seen going on lavish vacations with his family. After all, being President for eight years takes a major toll on a man and what could be better than taking some time off to unwind. Of course, that didn’t last long and Barack Obama returned to the public eye with the intention of stopping Trump from succeeding as President.
Earlier this year, Mr. Obama attracted criticism from several Democratic Senators when it was revealed he was to speak at a September conference organized by financial services company Cantor Fitzgerald.
The Former President is reportedly set to be paid $1.2m for a series of speeches to major Wall Street firms less than a year after he left the White House.
The series of speeches to Wall Street firms does not represent the first time Mr. Obama has earned a speaking fee since leaving the White House. In April, he received $400,000 for a 90-minute conversation with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin at New York’s Pierre Hotel, at an event organized by A&E Networks, a cable network.
By the look of things, it doesn’t look like Obama will be fading from the spotlight anytime soon as he is determined to have his voice heard and continue to influence people across the globe.
According to IJR:
President Obama gave a speech on public service and the struggles of politics Wednesday in New York City. The former president voiced his frustration with Republicans attacking his cornerstone legacy of Obamacare but also galvanized young political activist to not be deterred when they don’t get everything they want right away.
President Obama, who has broken with the longstanding tradition of his successors and remained very politically active and in the limelight in his post-presidency, made sure that the audience knew that he was, and has been, in fact, a president of the United States.
Here are the five times in Obama’s short speech that he mentioned that he was president:
- Crafting the Paris Climate Deal:
“I remember sitting down with bill in Paris a couple of years ago where the world was coming together to hammer out an agreement, small agreement to save the planet.”
2. “My Presidency”
“Despite a massive global recession in the final years of my presidency, the uninsured rate reached a new low, median household income reached a new high.”
3. “When I was president”
“They knew that sometimes for every two steps forward, you’ll take a step back. But they made things better. And this is something I always had to emphasize to my staff when I was president, better is good. You laugh, but sometimes people forget that.”
4. “When I was president”
“That’s why I spend so much time when I was president convening young leaders on every continent that I visited.”
5. “In my post-presidency”
“That’s why, in my post-presidency, my emphasis is going to be on training the next generation of leaders to take their own crack at changing the world through the Obama Foundation, which will be based in Chicago.”
It is understandable that Obama is frustrated with Republicans. After all, they are doing everything in their power to undo the mess he left the country to deal with. During his two-terms as President, Obama created more division than any President has done in years. Obama just doesn’t seem to get it that his time is up and it’s time to step aside and let the government continue on without him. Obama just can’t handle the fact that he doesn’t have as much influence as he once did.
It’s time for Mr. Obama to sit down and shut up. We have had enough of him over the last eight years, and we can’t handle any more damage from him. If he would just take a cue from previous Presidents and step aside the world would be a better place. What do you think?