After Donald Trump won election President Obama questioned whether it was his fault.

By | 2018-06-01T06:17:28+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News, News2|Tags: , , , |19 Comments

Courtesy of the NYT:

Riding in a motorcade in Lima, Peru, shortly after the 2016 election, President Barack Obama was struggling to understand Donald J. Trump’s victory.

“What if we were wrong?” he asked aides riding with him in the armored presidential limousine.

He had read a column asserting that liberals had forgotten how important identity was to people and had promoted an empty cosmopolitan globalism that made many feel left behind. “Maybe we pushed too far,” Mr. Obama said. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”

His aides reassured him that he still would have won had he been able to run for another term and that the next generation had more in common with him than with Mr. Trump. Mr. Obama, the first black man elected president, did not seem convinced. “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early,” he said.

In the weeks after Mr. Trump’s election, Mr. Obama went through multiple emotional stages, according to a new book by his longtime adviser Benjamin J. Rhodes. At times, the departing president took the long view, at other points, he flashed anger. He called Mr. Trump a “cartoon” figure who cared more about his crowd sizes than any particular policy. And he expressed rare self-doubt, wondering whether he had misjudged his own influence on American history.

I’m not going to lie, reading this broke my heart a little. 

First of all, it is very hard for one political party to hold onto the executive office for three terms in a row, so the Democrats were swimming against the tide of history. 

Furthermore, Trump enjoyed unprecedented help from foreign governments who worked tirelessly to help him to victory. 

I will likely never have the opportunity to meet Mr. Obama, but if I did I would assure him that he did almost everything right. 

He demonstrated incredible competence, unparalleled dignity, and unwavering dedication to his job and the American people. 

If anything I would argue that it was the very fact that he was so very good at his job, that embarrassed the Republicans so completely that they were desperate to keep yet another overly competent Democrat out of the White House. 

So they went in exactly the other direction. 

No, the only thing that Barack Obama should be questioning is whether or not the American people deserved having him in office, not whether or not he let them down.  

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19 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 31, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Let the destruction begin! Breaks my heart.

    Two Alaska Native corporations and a small oil services firm together have applied to do extensive seismic work next winter in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the first move toward development there since Congress voted late last year to open up the pristine wilderness to oil and gas drilling.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/companies-take-first-steps-to-drill-for-oil-in-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge/2018/05/31/8f133464-643a-11e8-a768-ed043e33f1dc_story.html

    • Beaglemom June 1, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

      It disturbs me that Native Americans/Alaskans would participate in this rush to destroy the environment. Part of my admiration for Native Americans has been their reverence for the earth. It also disturbs me that anyone in Alaska would want to contribute further to the developing tragedy of climate change, which has already devastated parts of remote Alaska. How easily we humans succumb to the lure of the dollar sign.

    • Anonymous June 1, 2018 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      “Given the effects of climate change, “those bears are using the coastal plain more and more,” Keatinge said.

      Keatinge questioned why the firm’s proposal did not include detailed maps of areas to be excluded from testing, or how it would address the harm that could stem from the disturbance that could result from the operation. Some caribou winter on the plain, and additional caribou come in during the spring, she said, when the seismic exploration may still be underway.

      “They don’t identify sensitive wetland areas or sensitive wildlife areas,” she said of the firm, adding that when it comes to the prospect of federal approval, “we are ready to fight any attempt by the administration to shortcut any protection for the coastal plain and the people and wildlife it supports.”

      Before drilling, oil and gas companies want updated three-dimensional seismic studies; the 1980s studies were two-dimensional.

      The seismic permit application has been filed by Kuukpik Corp., a joint venture of SAExploration, the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and the Kaktovik Inupiat Corp.

      “Opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development will bring well-needed jobs into the community of Kaktovik as well as our other communities and the State, while at the same time helping to secure America’s energy future,” the Arctic Slope Regional Corp said in a statement. “It can be done responsibly, and ASRC looks forward to the process moving forward.”

      The group hopes to start work Dec. 10 on the entire 1002 Area as well as private lands belonging to the Alaska Native groups. Lines used to generate and detect vibrations would be spaced as little as approximately 660 feet apart, the application says.”

  2. Septchile May 31, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Mitch McConell has to take some of the blame, President Obama tried to warn what Russia was up to and that nasty son of a bitch mcconell refused to act on it.

    WHEN A TRUE GENIUS APPEARS IN THE WORLD YOU WILL RECOGNIZE HIM BY THIS SIGN; THAT ALL THE DUNCES ARE IN A CONFEDERACY AGAINST HIM.—JONATHAN SWIFT

  3. Anonymous May 31, 2018 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/florida-republican-running-judgeship-busted-facebook-attacks-muslims-eternally-damned-gays/

    ““If the homosexuals continue committing that sin of sodomy, his soul faces ETERNAL damnation. Abstain, if you really have that mental illness. It’s not love.”

    McBath, stands by what he wrote on social media, but said that his views do not influence his politics.

    “I absolutely can still be fair no matter what kind of beliefs that I may have,” he said in an interview with Tampa Bay. “We all have our own personal beliefs based on what happened in our lives, and as long as it doesn’t interfere with how we treat a person, that’s the goal.””

    THINK IF ONLY>Judge Merrick B. Garland

    • Anonymous June 1, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      “THINK IF ONLY>Judge Merrick B. Garland”
      THINK IF ONLY>President Hillary Rodum Clinton
      THINK IF ONLY>This>Past President COULD HAVE BEEN Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Barack Obama

      • Anonymous June 2, 2018 at 8:52 am - Reply

        “…Past President COULD HAVE BEEN Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Barack Obama…”

        Uhhhhhh……. You really don’t understand how the appointment of Chief Justice works do you?

        Laughable, liberals and their feel goody thoughts that have zero basis in reality, nor any understanding of how the gears of Government work as dictated by the Constitution.

  4. Anonymous May 31, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply
  5. Anonymous May 31, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/john-boehner-there-is-no-republican-party-theres-a-trump-party

    ““If you peel away the noise and the tweets, the things that he’s doing are really good things,” Boehner said.

    The ex-lawmaker—who quit Congress in 2015—also said that Trump, who is a golf buddy of Boehner’s, didn’t think he would win the presidential election.

    “Well, you know, Donald Trump, who I know well, was one of my supporters, when I was speaker,” Boehner said. “I was having a rough week, Trump would call me, pat me on the back, cheer me up, played a lot of golf together. But president? Really? I never quite saw this.””“I think Donald Trump promised Melania that he would not win. She didn’t have to worry about ever living in the White House. It’s probably why she doesn’t look real happy every day. But, well, maybe one reason,” he quipped.”

    • Beaglemom June 1, 2018 at 7:54 am - Reply

      I’d love to know what “really good things” Boehner thinks Trump is doing.

  6. anonymous May 31, 2018 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    OT:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/31/opinion/oh-what-a-stupid-trade-war-very-slightly-wonkish.html

    “We do want to know whether the Trump trade war is going to be directly expansionary or contractionary – that is, whether it would add or subtract jobs holding monetary policy constant, even though we know monetary policy won’t be constant.

    And the answer, almost surely, is that this trade war will actually be a job-killer, not a job-creator, for two reasons.”
    “tariffs on intermediate goods” & “other countries will retaliate against U.S. exports”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/paul-krugman-perfectly-explains-trumps-stupid-trade-war-will-disaster-american-workers/

  7. Dirge May 31, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Feel the burn, Sarah Palin: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/05/us/politics/john-mccain-arizona.html?smid=tw-share “Mr. McCain is using a new book and documentary to reveal his regret about not selecting former Senator Joseph I. Lieberman as his running mate in 2008.”

    • Anonymous May 31, 2018 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves” is no doubt the Wasilla compound’s theme song.

  8. Anonymous May 31, 2018 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    So literally Donald Trump is such a bad president that he makes previous presidents wonder if they were crap at their job.

    • Anonymous May 31, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Look at the timeline of his remarks. We’re now sixteen months into this nightmare that feels like sixteen years.
      President Obama and First Lady Michelle know what they did for this country. They still leave messages of encouragement and they still rank at the top of most admired.
      HE didn’t do this, and I hope he realizes it. That an intelligent, well-educated black man could show up a bunch of white folk, well, there’s your sign, and now we have THIS.

  9. Cath Young June 1, 2018 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Possible but no way of knowing. He did do a terrible job of campaigning for the party and other candidates. Realized too late his badly it was needed.

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