There’s a longstanding tradition in this country that former presidents retreat from the spotlight and allow their successors to rule the nation unchallenged. Unfortunately, Barack Obama is completely ignoring this tradition and is instead traveling the globe bashing Donald Trump in the hopes of ensuring that he does not get elected again in 2020.
Huffington Post reported that during a speech in France over the weekend, Obama took a clear shot at Trump when he said it was time to elect more women to political positions because men seem to be having some problems these days.” He said this while speaking to a group of media leaders, financiers and academics known as Les Napoleons.
“Not to generalize but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialization,” Obama said.
He took another more blatant shot at the Trump administration when he said that there was a “temporary absence of American leadership” on climate change.
Before speaking at the event, Obama met with French President Emmanuel Macron in the Elysee palace. Macron told reporters that the meeting was in a “private capacity” and as such there wasn’t an official photograph or information about what was discussed.
It’s disturbing that Obama is continuing to meet with world leaders as if he is still the president. While appearing in India a few days before the France speech, Obama slammed the “destructive populism from the left or the right” that he called a threat to modern democracy.
“The thing I love about America and I suspect the thing you love about India is just this cacophony of life and it throws up all kinds of variety,” Obama said in response to a question about Trump. “There are political trends in America that I don’t agree with and abide by but I recognise as part of a running thread in American life.”
Obama went on to say that he has become “obsessed” with the way news is handled and consumed, particularly by the young.
“We are more connected than ever before but … more and more we are fitting facts to suit our opinions rather than formulating our opinions based on facts,” said Obama. “This poses a great danger because democracies can’t function if we can’t agree on a basic baseline of what is true and what is false.”
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