If you were President Obama, what would your biggest regret be as you left the White House?
The rise of ISIS? The vast number of Americans no longer even seeking employment? The skyrocketing welfare rolls? The dismal GDP growth? The terror attacks on US soil? The horrific state of race relations?
Let’s review, shall we?
When it comes to foreign policy, Obama oversaw a resurgence in the Taliban from 11,000 members when Bush left office, to over 60,000 today. He greatly underestimated the threat of ISIS, referring to them as Al-Qaeda’s “JV team,” and under his presidency, America has suffered at least one terror attack every single year under his administration.
And race relations? They’re at the lowest point since 1992 – during the L.A. race riots.
Yet when it comes to what Obama regrets, you won’t see any of the above on his list.
As Breitbart reports: In a January 4 “exit letter” to the American people, President Obama again listed what he regrets most about the last eight years. Number one on the list was his failure to secure gun control.
Obama shared this same regret with CNN in early December 2016, and the BBC quoted him in July 2015 speaking about the “distressing” failure to secure gun control.
On Wednesday, he used the letter to highlight his regrets once more. After listing numerous things he views as achievements–such as shifting from coal to solar power, pulling out of Iraq, pulling out of Afghanistan, and securing Obamacare–Obama wrote: “Still, through every victory and every setback, I’ve insisted that change is never easy, and never quick; that we wouldn’t meet all of our challenges in one term, or one presidency, or even in one lifetime. And for all that we’ve achieved, there’s still so much I wish we’d been able to do, from enacting gun safety measures to protect more of our kids and our cops from mass shootings like Newtown, to passing commonsense immigration reform that encourages the best and brightest from around the world to study, stay, and create jobs in America.”
Regardless of whether a gun control group or an individual gun controller like Obama raises the topic, it is notable that no gun law would have prevented the Newtown, Connecticut, attack against Sandy Hook Elementary School. It is especially notable that the gun controls President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) pushed in the wake of Sandy Hook would have done nothing to prevent another Sandy Hook.
A former constitutional law professors number one regret is that he couldn’t have done more to restrict our constitutional rights. No wonder he’s no fan of the checks and balances the constitution provides to protect us from people like him.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]