Barack Obama is furious.
He thought his legacy was safe and secure.
And then Donald Trump pulled off the move everyone had been waiting for.
Pundits believed the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare was dead.
After John McCain stabbed Trump in the back and killed the effort for skinny repeal, Democrats and the media celebrated because they thought Obamacare was enshrined into law.
But facing a September 30th deadline to use reconciliation to pass a repeal law with just 51 votes, Trump sprung a surprise and pushed a new bill to gut the law.
I hope Republican Senators will vote for Graham-Cassidy and fulfill their promise to Repeal & Replace ObamaCare. Money direct to States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
Obama was furious.
He could not believe Trump and the GOP will not just wave the white flag of surrender and accept the crown jewel of his socialist agenda.
Speaking at the Time Warner Center in New York, Obama whined that Trump’s continued effort to gut his signature domestic achievement was “aggravating.”
“As President Donald Trump attended sessions at the United Nations, former President Barack Obama stood in the theater of the Time Warner Center across town on Wednesday afternoon, urging people who share his worldview not to give up building an interconnected world, supporting the Paris climate accords, resisting xenophobia and, in the near-term, fighting to save Obamacare.
In an appearance at the Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers event, Obama focused on the revived fight over Obamacare, as Republicans push toward a vote in the Senate on their latest attempt to repeal his signature health care achievement.
“Those of you who live in countries that already have universal health care are trying to figure out what’s the controversy here,” Obama said, jabbing at “people trying to undo that progress for the 50th or 60th time” with a bill that raises costs.”
Obama also blubbered about Trump pulling out of the Paris Global Warming agreement and putting “America First” in foreign policy.
He dipped into the leftist playbook to smear Trump as a “xenophobe” because the President wants control of our borders and strict controls on who we let into our country and why.
Politico also reports:
“Obama also pointed to the Paris climate deal, which Trump has said he’ll back out of and which Obama referred to as “a small agreement to save the planet.”
Obama didn’t say Trump’s name. But just a day after the current president’s speech to the UN General Assembly, in which Trump threatened to step back from international coalitions and diplomatic solutions, Obama urged reform, not unraveling.
He mocked those who attacked his own turn toward international coalitions “as if that was an expression of weakness. I believe that the United States is an indispensable nation and that many of the initiatives and much of the progress we made could not have been done unless we underwrote those efforts.”
“You have to start with the premise and believe that multilateral institutions are important. It doesn’t make you less patriotic to believe that,” Obama said. “You just have to have some sense.”
He warned against “the rise of nationalism, xenophobia, and a politics that says it’s not ‘we’ but ‘us and them’ — a politics that threatens to turn good people away from the kind of collective action that has always driven human progress.”
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“It is aggravating,” Obama said, “and all of this being done without any demonstrable economic or actuarial or common-sense rationale, it frustrates.”
He went on: “It’s certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents.”
Obama has watched his entire legacy go up in smoke as Trump works every day to erase it from the books.
No wonder he is whining.