President Obama is going to be one lonely ex‐president
In 2009, President & Mrs. Bush landed in Texas after watching his successor get sworn in. His remarks were gracious and very kind about President Obama. He did not say that he’d spend his retirement fighting the new president. Furthermore, love or hate him, he has slept comfortably since leaving office knowing that he put the country first and did the best he could in a very diffcult situation.
Well, it does not look like President Obama has anything like that in mind. We just read that he plans to “jump into the fray” to defend his policies against President Trump. Add to all of this, he is not moving anywhere. He will stay in Washington DC, not far from the White House.
Unfortunately for President Obama, and his legacy, history won’t be kind at all. Of course, he will always be the first black president but not much more than that.
ObamaCare is collapsing on its own. Yes, the GOP majority will move to repeal it but that’s a bit like signing the death certificate on a person dead for months.
President Obama’s foreign policy is in total disarray. It’s hard to see anyone defending any of it, except for liberal Democrats from safe seats who just want to oppose President Trump.
The U.S. economy is desperately calling for liberation of Mr. Obama’s regulations. Most of them will be reversed by another executive order. One pen cancels another!
So what exactly is ex-President Obama going to “jump in the fray” for? What U.S. Senate Democrats running for reelection in 2018 are going to show up and follow their leader?
Yes, the fall of the House of Obama is coming and he can spend the rest of his life blaming himself, and no one else, for it. Yes, he made his own bed and now will have to sleep on it for years, as Marc A. Thiessen pointed out:
It’s not just Obama’s executive actions that will soon be reversed. His signature legislative achievement, Obamacare, is headed for repeal — and he has no one to blame but himself.
Obama passed his health-care reform without any Republican buy-in or any effort to reach bipartisan consensus.
He controlled both houses of Congress, and so he imposed his will over the objection of every single Republican.
Now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House, they have no incentive to preserve the law.
Last, but not least, I hope that someone updates his contacts list. It’s a much shorter list of elected Democrats eight years after he walked into the Oval Office.
As Michael Barone pointed out, the party has not been this weak since 1930.
Therefore, President Obama may hear a lot of recorded messages (“this number is no longer in service”) when he calls Democrats from his new home office not far from where he works now.