It’s clear Barack Obama is not going to play the normal role of ex-President.
Instead of giving his successor room to operate, Obama is going to hang around the scene and criticize President-elect Trump.
But there could be more sinister actions he is undertaking.
Conservative author Ed Klein appeared on Fox and Friends and discussed Obama’s post-President actions and motives.
Many were puzzled when Obama announced his family would remain in D.C. after he left office.
Obama claimed it was because his children were still in school, but the specter of an ex-President living just blocks from his successor could create confusions.
Klein does not believe the official Obama story.
On Fox and Friends he declared:
“For the past 100 years every president who is outgoing has packed up his stuff gone home and not criticized his successor. This is not what the Obamas are planning to do. They rented an eight-bedroom mansion in the Kalorama section of Washington from Joe Lockhart, who was Bill Clinton’s last press secretary. In that house there’s enough room for Valerie Jarrett as well as Michelle and the kids. A place for ten cars to park. They are setting up what they are calling a shadow government.”
Klein described what he believes this “shadow government” to be:
“They are staying there because despite what the president said in his press conference, he’s in a sense of outrage over this incoming Trump Administration, which he thinks is going to wipe out his legacy. So he’s setting up this kind of almost insurgency; he’s picking people in foreign affairs, labor, abortion, union matters. He’s setting them up to start appearing on television, making speeches and doing op-ed pieces. For the next four years, you’re going to see not only a Trump Administration, but you’re going to see a shadow government opposing the Trump administration…”
Obama has made it clear he intends to be critical of Trump.
“In a Sunday press conference in Lima, Peru, President Barack Obama said he may not follow former President George W. Bush’s lead to not publicly criticize his successor.
Instead, Obama left the opportunity to speak out on President-elect Donald Trump if he deems it “necessary or helpful.”
“I want to be respectful of the office and give the president-elect an opportunity to put forward his platform and his arguments without somebody popping off in every instance,” Obama said.
“As an American citizen who cares deeply about our country, if there are issues that have less to do with the specifics of some legislative proposal but go to core questions about our values and our ideals, and if I think that it is necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, I’ll examine it when it comes.”
While it is true that Obama announced plans to stay in Washington long before Trump was elected, many contend that it ends up suiting Obama’s purposes.
The left has worked very hard to undermine the legitimacy of the Trump presidency.
They have rioted.
They have pushed for recounts.
They have harassed Electoral College voters.
They have pushed conspiracy theories about “fake” news and Russian hackers.
Having Obama live in Washington and lobbing verbal attacks at Trump is a perfect way to try and eliminate Trump’s chance to receive the benefit of doubt from Americans who may not have supported him in the election, yet believe the President-elect should get the opportunity to govern before evaluating his performance.