Barack Obama never has a good word to say about Donald Trump.
He’s cast him as a threat to the Republic.
And now, as Trump is about to take office, Obama issued him one final warning.
In his last 60 Minutes interview as President, Obama weighed in on ‘Trump, the candidate’ vs. ‘Trump, the President’.
While Obama did label Trump as the “change candidate”, he also warned that incoming President’s have difficulty bringing about the change they had campaigned on.
The Hill reports:
“Obama was asked by host Steve Kroft if he thinks anybody can change Washington.
“I think the American people can change Washington,” Obama said.
“But I think that it is not going to change, because somebody from on high directs that change.”
The president said that members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are “motivated by all kinds of issues,” including reelection.
“They’re sincerely interested in the economy, in terrorism, in social issues,” he said.
“But the one overriding thing they’re interested in is getting reelected. And if– they think that it’s harder for them to get reelected by cooperating with each other, then they won’t cooperate.”
However, this is in complete contradiction to Obama’s own time in office.
Obama prioritized government control over health care above all else.
And this was despite coming into office during the great recession where our economy was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs per month.
In fact, during his reelection campaign, Obama was asked even asked in a meeting with the Des Moines Register editorial board if he regretted pushing Obamacare over economic priorities.
He responded in confidence, “Absolutely not.”
Town hall reports on the exchange:
“QUESTION: “Some say you had a super majority in your first two years and had this incredible opportunity, but because of what you were talking about, as you were running, you had to go to get Obamacare done. Do you have any regrets taking on some of the economic issues, some of the issues that we’re talking about for your second term, that when you had the chance, so to speak, during your first — do you have any regrets that you didn’t do that at that time?”
OBAMA: “Absolutely not, Laura.”
So actually, if a President really wants to push for change, he can.
And Obama proved this with his unyielding quest for socialized medicine.
Obama continued his attack on Trump with 60 Minutes, and warned Republicans to stand up to Trump if he starts eroding certain “norms”.
The Hill reports:
“I think everybody has to acknowledge don’t underestimate the guy, because he– he’s going to be 45th president of the United States. The one thing I’ve said to him directly, and I– I would advise– my Republican friends in Congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that– as we go forward certain norms, certain– institutional traditions– don’t get eroded, because there’s a reason they’re in place.”
But the promise to shatter these “norms” – whatever they may be – is a large reason why Trump was elected.
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