Bill Clinton once said, “there is just one small step from legacy to lame duck” It would appear President Barack Obama is the embodiment of that quote. I find it rather odd that a sitting U.S. President would make comment about an opposing party presidential candidate while attending a global summit. Then again, it is Barack Obama.
As reported by Fox News:
Nothing stops politics this election season — not even the water’s edge.
While traveling overseas on official business Thursday, President Obama couldn’t resist wading into political matters back home, sparking controversy by saying foreign leaders are “rattled” by the rise of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Obama, saying leaders have “good reason” to feel that way, made the remarks on the sidelines of a Group of Seven economic summit in Japan.
“They are rattled by it — and for good reason,” Obama said. “Because a lot of the proposals he has made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines.”
He contrasted that with proposals he said thoughtfully address what’s required to keep the U.S. safe and “to keep the world on an even keel.”
Trump, though, brushed off Obama’s put-down later in the day. Speaking ahead of an address in North Dakota, Trump said: “That’s a good thing, I love that word.”
“In business, when you rattle someone, that’s good,” Trump said. “If they’re rattled, in a friendly way, that’s a good thing … not a bad thing.”
Folks, I just have to laugh at President Obama’s statement. If one were to assess the foreign policy and national security faux pas of Obama, you’d find the American people quite “rattled” — and for good reason.
Look at the debacle Iraq has become — and please, spare me the Bush Derangement Syndrome. The proliferation of Islamic jihadism has grown exponentially out of control these past seven years. The rise of Russia, China and Iran — and please, let’s not get started on the ten U.S. Sailors on their knees — are indicative of an individual who has shown abject ignorance, or willful complicity.
And the last person who should be ranting about social media use is one Barack Obama. And let’s not forget his interview with a woman who sat in a tub of milk and Fruit Loops — perhaps appropriately so. Barack Obama has certainly not kept the world on an even keel; he has completely upended the equilibrium — regardless of the propaganda spewed forth by the modern day Rasputin, Valerie Jarrett.
Here’s the realization hitting Barack Obama very hard: he is a failure. The veneer he used to make himself believe he was above reproach has faded. Sure, there are the remnants of Kool-Aid drinking sycophants who will sing his praises to the end. However, he’s watching America react in this presidential election cycle in a manner he cannot accept, certainly not comprehend.
Obama is watching his legacy erode at the hands of the American electorate saying we rejected your policy agenda in 2010 and 2014 — sadly, the GOP put up a lackluster candidate in 2012 — and now we shall reject your legacy. The media that enabled Obama to rise above any comment or criticism is focused elsewhere and Obama is in the slow fade of irrelevance, called lame duck status.
His signature domestic policy, Obamacare, is collapsing. His signature foreign policy, the Iranian nuclear deal, was advanced based upon lies and a false narrative. What Joe Biden said would be Obama’s greatest national security achievement, U.S. forces’ complete withdrawal from Iraq, has led to the rise of the most vile and vicious Islamic jihadist group we’ve known — an incredible evil not seen since Nazi Germany.
And Obama wants to make the insidious claim that world leaders are “rattled” by Donald Trump? That’s like saying having the opposing team’s pitcher “rattled,” because he just gave up a grand slam, is a bad thing. What a truly perplexing statement reflecting a man who is himself “rattled” and out of touch.
Barack Obama, Mr. Too Cool for School, is afraid. For so long he had fawning crowds and a slobbering love affair with the mainstream media, that’s slipping from his hands right before his eyes. And with the rise of one Donald J. Trump, he has to know that means he’ll soon be forgotten — hence, why Obama wants to stay in Washington, D.C. in order to retain some relevance.
I’m reminded of a great U.S. president, Harry Truman, who after his term and the swearing in of President Dwight Eisenhower — the last person to win the GOP nomination and presidency without political experience, drove himself and his wife back to Missouri. I’d recommend Obama and family depart Washington, D.C. after Trump is sworn in as president (as he probably will be).
I say that because the new American socialist party, once known as Democrat, is in complete disarray and meltdown mode. Just picture this, the first time that Obama is out in a car in D.C. and he’s made to stop for a Donald Trump presidential motorcade — crushed.
And that, Ladies and Gents, is why Obama made the statement he did in Japan. He saw himself stuck in traffic watching a Republican presidential motorcade — and if he stays in D.C., he just may be seeing that for at least eight years, maybe more.
So let’s be very clear, world leaders are not “rattled” by the rise of Donald J. Trump. Barack Obama is rattled, in a state of abject shock, fear and dismay. And those emotions came blurting out in Japan, causing people to look at him as a weak, insignificant office holder who cannot grasp his lame duck status. The world will miss Obama; they had fun pushing him around and embarrassing the United States. Yes, they may just be nervous that their amusement park fun ride is about to come to an end.
Now, it is incumbent upon Mr. Trump to surround himself with the sharpest and most intellectually skilled and talented team America has seen since Ronald Reagan. That is also opposite of what Barack Obama did, as proven by his choice of creative writer as the Deputy National Security Advisor.
Perhaps if Obama had not been such an arrogant and pompous ruler — “I have a pen and a phone” — he would get some sympathy, but that ain’t gonna happen. We all remember how horrible a president Jimmy Carter was, but we never felt his heart was set on a fundamental transformation of our Republic. Sadly for Barack Obama, his legacy will be one of failure, lies, deceit, corruption, despotism, obtuse belligerence, unconstitutional actions/behavior, and he will not be fondly recalled. He thinks staying in D.C. will keep him in the spotlight, but he will be relegated to the shadows.
And that, folks, has Barack Obama simply “rattled.”