It was not supposed to be this way.
But now Democrats are facing another major hurdle ahead of the midterm election.
And Barack Obama was confronted with a question about his past that made Democrats sweat.
Perhaps no president treated Russian President Vladimir Putin with softer kid gloves than Barack Obama.
On March 6, 2009, Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a gigantic red “reset button” to signify that the U.S. and Russia would enter a new phase of cooperation.
During the 2012 election Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that “This is my last election … After my election I have more flexibility,” and to pass the message along to Putin that after the election Obama could enter into a more favorable agreement for Russia in terms of downgrading American missile defense.
And most famously, during the third and final 2012 presidential debate – Obama scoffed at Mitt Romney sneering that the ‘1980s wanted its foreign policy back’ after Romney stated that Russia was America’s number one geopolitical foe.
NBC’s “Today” show correspondent and weatherman Al Roker confronted Barack Obama about his failures to contain Russian aggression in a surprisingly hostile interview.
Roker began by asking Obama if Putin was the same leader that Obama dealt with during his eight years in office.
Obama tried to make it seem like he didn’t underestimate Putin by claiming Putin was more willing to take risks now.
“Putin has always been ruthless against his own people, as well as others,” Obama stated. “He has always been somebody who’s wrapped up in this twisted, distorted sense of grievance and ethnic nationalism. That part of Putin, I think, has always been there. What we have seen with the invasion of Ukraine is him being reckless in a way that you might not have anticipated eight, 10 years ago, but the danger was always there.”
But Roker wouldn’t let Obama off the hook.
Instead, Roker grilled Obama about the fact that Putin annexed Crimea in 2014 and Obama did nothing to push back.
Obama instead tried to claim the important thing was that American democracy was under attack from Donald Trump.
“The situations in each of these circumstances are different, but I think that what we’re seeing consistently is a reminder of why it’s so important for us to not take our own democracy for granted, why it’s so important for us to stand for and align ourselves with those who believe in freedom and independence, and I think that the current administration’s doing what it needs to be doing,” Obama declared.
Democrats want nothing to do with the question about Barack Obama and Russia.
Putin annexed Crimea in 2014 when Obama was president and Joe Biden was vice president.
Putin did not invade any countries when Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office.
Democrats are desperate to avoid that simple compare and contrast in the 2022 and 2024 elections.
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