The media refused to vet Barack Obama when he first ran for President.
They allowed him to sweep everything about his past under the rug.
But Obama admitted that had his past been an open book, he would have never been President.
Obama made his first public appearance since leaving the Presidency at a forum where he discussed young people and politics.
He admitted that if the same type of social media environment had existed when he was a teenager, he may never have become President.
“Former President Barack Obama admitted that if his high school activities were online somewhere, he probably wouldn’t have been president.
Obama made his comments during a discussion about young people running for office and organizing their communities at the University of Chicago.
“The problem is, with the internet, that past is always there,” he said.
Obama advised aspiring young professionals to “own it.”
“If you had pictures of everything I had done when I was in high school, I probably wouldn’t have been president of the United States,” Obama said with a chuckle.
Obama admitted that he used to smoke pot in high school, but said that he detailed his drug use experience in his first book Dreams from my Father. He said that his honesty about the issue helped him deal with political opponents and critics who tried to use it against him.
“I learned from that, I didn’t sugar coat it, I didn’t suggest somehow it had been something that recommended for everybody, but that’s what teenage kids did at that age where I was growing up,” he said. “Not everybody, some were wiser than me, I wasn’t that wise.”
The Clinton campaign floated this attack against Obama in the 2008 campaign.
In 2007, Clinton’s New Hampshire campaign co-chair Bill Shaheen attacked Obama with speculation that Republicans would blast him in a general election for being a drug dealer.
The Washington Post reports:
It was December 2007, and the Democratic race for the presidential nomination had taken a bit of a nasty turn. Billy Shaheen, then co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire campaign, had speculated to The Washington Post that Republicans would attack Sen. Barack Obama on the drug use the candidate had admitted to on the trail and in “Dreams From My Father,” his 1995 memoir. As Shaheen put it: “It’ll be, ‘When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?’ There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks.”
The media focused their uproar on the Clinton campaign and accused them of dirty tactics.
Shaheen resigned from the campaign the day after he made his remarks.
But many conservatives believe Obama’s past associations with the communist Franklin Marshall Davis, the radical anti-American Reverend Wright, and terrorist Bill Ayers were never fully explored.
The media worshipped Obama and ignored his problematic ties.
Had the press employed the same tactics they had against Sarah Palin or Donald Trump, Obama would have never made it through the primaries.
Do you think the media would have been able to cover up Obama’s many indiscretions had he lived during this social media age where photographic and video evidence is virtually impossible to keep hidden?
Let us know your thoughts.