C’mon, President Obama—Time to Start Returning Fire
The Daily Beast ^ | March 10, 2017 | Barrett Holmes Pitner
Posted on 3/12/2017, 12:59:05 AM by 2ndDivisionVet
Trump’s outrageous tweets have drawn silence from the sometimes over-dignified former president. But Mr. Ex-President, your half of the country needs you.
President Barack Obama doesn’t have any official engagements on the horizon and hasn’t said much since returning from vacation, but we should still probably brace ourselves for another 6 a.m. tweetstorm this weekend from President Donald Trump accusing the former president of undermining his presidency. In less than a week, Trump has accused Obama of wiretapping his phone and releasing 122 Gitmo detainees, and he has given oxygen to the conspiracy theory of an Obama-empowered “deep state” or “shadow government” covertly working to destroy him. These claims are absurd, dangerous, and false. But as a liberal Obama backer, I also find them bizarrely welcoming.
Following Hillary Clinton’s defeat, most Democrats wondered about who would fill the void left by Obama. While Obama was vacationing in the Caribbean with Richard Branson, the Democratic Party frantically discussed strategies for addressing the Trump presidency, winning elections at the local, state, and national levels, and pinpointing the emerging leaders of the party.
While all of this is necessary, your average, run of the mill liberal quietly just wanted Obama to come back. Most would have voted for him a third time if possible, so the idea of him and Michelle living a quiet post-presidency life away from the media gaze simply did not make any sense. And now, thanks to Trump’s and the GOP’s “Obama OCD,” America will surely see the emergence of citizen-activist Obama sooner than we thought.
A battle is brewing between these two presidents. Trump and today’s GOP seem to struggle to function if they cannot pick a senseless fight with Obama….
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