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Where Is Barack Obama?

Other than a handful of appearances—an interview with David Letterman in a new Netflix show, or an oral history project at MIT—he insists on following protocol and tradition for former presidents, resisting the temptation to jump back into the political fray.

For the past year, President Trump has worked with the Republican Congress to dismantle crucial parts of Obama’s legacy, including affordable health care, progressive taxation, climate-change regulation, oversight of the financial system, and immigration reform. Discussions of Medicare and Medicaid cuts surfacing in recent weeks suggest that an effort to roll back Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society might be next.

That, in itself, is not unusual—when control of the White House switches hands, presidents often work to reverse key policies. And, for the most part, ex-presidents hold their peace, placing the need for a smooth transfer of power and the health of democracy ahead of securing their own legacy.

But Obama has largely remained silent. That should not come as surprise. His reticence reflects one of the problems that constrained his presidency—his hesitation and resistance to getting down and dirty in the muck of partisan politics. He aimed high, but American politics went low.

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Obama spends all his time studying how to get rich off of his Presidency or where next to play golf. It isn't that hard to figure out.

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" He aimed high, but American politics went low. "

-_-

-kinda self-explanatory......

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Probably relaxing, sitting back and LHAO at Trump and his idiocy. I think it's a

good idea for former presidents to mostly stay out of the political fray. They're

likely tired of it anyway. Of course if Obama was not doing this the wingnuts would

be complaining about that.

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Whatever one may think of Obama's policies and his place in history, he was always a class act as a person who avoided getting personal in his comments. He respected the office of President and one of the traditions of former Presidents is to avoid commenting upon the current occupant of the Oval Office. What a challenge that must be for him, though, with the current President going out of his way to constantly make digs at him, even to the point of having accusing him of breaking the law by bugging Trump Tower (a false accusation for which, of course, he has not apologized).

I am not in the least bit surprised that Barack Obama has avoided the temptation to comment upon Trump's performance. As we near the 2018 elections, however, and the House majorities are at stake, I have a feeling that that may change. Obama is smart enough to know when to break his silence and zero in.

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Obama Won't Abandon Blame Bush Strategy

The White House has no plans to give up on its blame-Bush strategy. A White House adviser says that George W. Bush and his policies created "the hole we're in," and President Obama will keep reminding the country of the economic "mess" he inherited. Obama takes frequent jabs at his predecessor for leaving him an economy that was teetering on the brink of collapse, and White House aides say he won't stop anytime soon. At a meeting Wednesday with Senate Democrats, for example, Obama rejected Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln's call for him to move to the center. Obama said, "If the price of certainty is essentially for us to adopt the exact same proposals that were in place for eight years leading up to the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression ... the result is going to be the same. I don't know why we would expect a different outcome pursuing the exact same policy that got us into this fix in the first place." Last week, Obama also issued a blame-Bush statement with his budget request: "On the day my administration took office," he said, "we faced an additional $7.5 trillion in national debt by the end of this decade as a result of the failure to pay for two large tax cuts, primarily for the wealthiest Americans, and a new entitlement program. We also inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression—which, even before we took any action, added an additional $3 trillion to the national debt."

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Obama was constantly blaming Bush for everything, then did nothing as President except play golf for 333 days and give us a failed health care system.

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14 hours ago, MovieMadness said:

Where Is Barack Obama?

Other than a handful of appearances—an interview with David Letterman in a new Netflix show, or an oral history project at MIT—he insists on following protocol and tradition for former presidents, resisting the temptation to jump back into the political fray.

For the past year, President Trump has worked with the Republican Congress to dismantle crucial parts of Obama’s legacy, including affordable health care, progressive taxation, climate-change regulation, oversight of the financial system, and immigration reform. Discussions of Medicare and Medicaid cuts surfacing in recent weeks suggest that an effort to roll back Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society might be next.

That, in itself, is not unusual—when control of the White House switches hands, presidents often work to reverse key policies. And, for the most part, ex-presidents hold their peace, placing the need for a smooth transfer of power and the health of democracy ahead of securing their own legacy.

But Obama has largely remained silent. That should not come as surprise. His reticence reflects one of the problems that constrained his presidency—his hesitation and resistance to getting down and dirty in the muck of partisan politics. He aimed high, but American politics went low.

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Obama spends all his time studying how to get rich off of his Presidency or where next to play golf. It isn't that hard to figure out.

and enjoying his marble countertops.

:D

the kitchen

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a bathroom (9 of 'em)

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"If he sees this picture of me laughing with you, it'll kill him. Let's do this more often."

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On ‎3‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 10:19 PM, MovieMadness said:

Where Is Barack Obama?

I believe he's huddling with his new attorney right about now.

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Somewhere around, happy in the knowledge that whoever is compared with

Trump looks better just by that fact. And that coming between Dumbya and

Donny is one sweet spot. 

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Inside Obama’s secret meetings with 2020 contenders

Still the reluctant leader of the Democratic Party, Obama has been providing counsel to Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other presidential hopefuls.

".....Obama is concerned about how his own party is responding, and how it can be best positioned to win in the midterms and in the next presidential cycle to beat back the president and his politics.

 

He doesn’t see himself as the person to come up with the plan, people who know about the meetings say, but he is eager to be a sounding board and counselor to the Democrats he sees as playing a role in shaping the party’s future.....

They talked about the future of the party and their different roles in it. They talked about what the party should be focused on, and what would be distractions. Obama discussed his views on the differences between idealism and practicality, .............

Many of the conversations have circled around Obama holding forth about how much Democrats should be heading into the midterms talking about the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election versus focusing on kitchen table issues.

Don’t chase the shiny objects, he tells them. Don’t hyperventilate over the flash of any tweet. Think about what’s going to stick in the long term. .....

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/11/obama-2020-elections-sanders-warren-635165

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Obama Tells Democratic Donors To 'Get Organized' And Register Voters Before Midterms

....How to motivate people to go to the polls was a major concern of the evening. Perez was especially concerned about turning out younger voters who were key to Obama's presidential victory but ordinarily are less likely to vote than older people.

"The most important thing we can do," said Obama, "is invite them in and give them power. Give them a voice," he said. Older people tend to think that they know best. But Obama advised: "Get young people involved and get out of the way.".....

Obama said, "This is a moment of great urgency. You are right to be concerned. The progress we have made is not a given."

He urged them not to sit back waiting for a candidate who sweeps them off their feet. "Do not wait for the perfect message. Don't wait to feel a tingle in your spine, because you're expecting politicians to be so inspiring and poetic and moving."

The former president said reaching voters was what is more important. "Worry about [if] we have organizers on the ground."

The candidates who care about those things, he said, are the ones who are going to win.

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/29/624581378/obama-tells-democratic-donors-to-get-organized-and-register-voters-before-midter?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180629

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Hopefully getting organized will work better for the Dems that it did

for Travis Bickle. 

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Transcript: Obama's Speech At The 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

 

"....... More and more peoples, having witnessed the horrors of totalitarianism, the repeated mass slaughters of the 20th century, began to embrace a new vision for humanity, a new idea, one based not only on the principle of national self-determination, but also on the principles of democracy and rule of law and civil rights and the inherent dignity of every single individual. .......

A respect for human rights and the rule of law, enumerated in a declaration by the United Nations, became the guiding norm for the majority of nations, even in places where the reality fell far short of the ideal. Even when those human rights were violated, those who violated human rights were on the defensive. ....

And while globalization and technology have opened up new opportunities, have driven remarkable economic growth in previously struggling parts of the world, globalization has also upended the agricultural and manufacturing sectors in many countries. It's also greatly reduced the demand for certain workers, has helped weaken unions and labor's bargaining power. It's made it easier for capital to avoid tax laws and the regulations of nation-states – can just move billions, trillions of dollars with a tap of a computer key. .........

Within the United States, within the European Union, challenges to globalization first came from the left but then came more forcefully from the right, as you started seeing populist movements – which, by the way, are often cynically funded by right-wing billionaires intent on reducing government constraints on their business interests – these movements tapped the unease that was felt by many people who lived outside of the urban cores; fears that economic security was slipping away, that their social status and privileges were eroding, that their cultural identities were being threatened by outsiders, somebody that didn't look like them or sound like them or pray as they did. .................

S trongman politics are ascendant suddenly, whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are maintained – the form of it – but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning. (Applause.) In the West, you've got far-right parties that oftentimes are based not just on platforms of protectionism and closed borders, but also on barely hidden racial nationalism. Many developing countries now are looking at China's model of authoritarian control combined with mercantilist capitalism as preferable to the messiness of democracy.

Who needs free speech as long as the economy is going good? The free press is under attack. ...........

Social media – once seen as a mechanism to promote knowledge and understanding and solidarity – has proved to be just as effective promoting hatred and paranoia and propaganda and conspiracy theories. ..........

The fact that the world's most prosperous and successful societies, the ones with the highest living standards and the highest levels of satisfaction among their people, happen to be those which have most closely approximated the liberal, progressive ideal that we talk about and have nurtured the talents and contributions of all their citizens.

The fact that authoritarian governments have been shown time and time again to breed corruption, because they're not accountable; to repress their people; to lose touch eventually with reality; to engage in bigger and bigger lies that ultimately result in economic and political and cultural and scientific stagnation. Look at history. Look at the facts.....

Madiba teaches us that some principles really are universal – and the most important one is the principle that we are bound together by a common humanity and that each individual has inherent dignity and worth. ............

, too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth. People just make stuff up. They just make stuff up. We see it in state-sponsored propaganda; we see it in internet driven fabrications, we see it in the blurring of lines between news and entertainment, we see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they're caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more. ......

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart." Love comes more naturally to the human heart, let's remember that truth. .....

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/17/629862434/transcript-obamas-speech-at-the-2018-nelson-mandela-annual-lecture?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180717

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5 hours ago, jakeem said:

Former Pres. Obama: "Unfortunately, too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth. People just make stuff up...we see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they're caught in a lie and they just double down" http://abcn.ws/2NkB3MY 

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 A president you don't have to make excuses for

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Barack Obama Breaks His Silence

The former president finally did what his supporters have waited for him to do since Donald Trump became president. He spoke up.

 

............... The fact that Obama’s lecture came a day after Trump’s news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, suggests that Trump’s latest support of Putin may have been a tipping point.

In the 18 months since he left the presidency, Obama’s silence has frustrated some of his supporters even as Trump has dismantled many of his predecessor’s most cherished accomplishments, including the nuclear deal with Iran and the Affordable Care Act. But Obama, in keeping with his own predecessors’ actions, has remained silent, allowing Trump to perform his duties as president unfettered by the criticism of the 44th president. .......

The broad themes of Obama’s speech, meanwhile, left little doubt about the targets of his criticism.

He touched on the erosion of a consensus on what constitutes facts; “news cycles [that bring] more head-spinning and disturbing headlines”; and the threat of a “return to an older, more dangerous, more brutal way of doing business.” ...

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/07/obama-breaks-his-silence/565421/

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12 hours ago, jakeem said:

Queen Elizabeth wore brooch from Obamas on the day Trump arrived in the UK http://hill.cm/B4OYT66 

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12 hours ago, jakeem said:

Rachel Humphreys Retweeted Caitlin Moran

Today I discovered that the word brooch comes from the French word 'broche' meaning 'spit for roasting' and this became 'broach' meaning 'skewer' so the Queen ACTUALLY SKEWERED Donald Trump by wearing the Obama Brooch

Her Majesty is fluent in French.

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Michelle Obama wades into the midterms w/ voter registration initiative-

The new initiative will be nonpartisan, frustrating some Democrats who’d like the former first lady to hit the campaign trail for candidates.

.......The first PSA will go out Thursday, with more in the process of being lined up, featuring other prominent activists and players. The group will be incorporated as a nonprofit, separate from the Obama Foundation, the personal offices of Barack and Michelle Obama, and Citizen 44, the LLC that the former president himself pays for to handle his own political involvement.

Named “When We All Vote,” it will be stocked with prominent Obama alumni,.....

the former first lady, though, the voter registration drive is the best way to take on a prominent role without engaging directly in electoral politics, which she has little affinity for. And it fits with a larger theory about political engagement that she shares with her husband:

The more people who vote, they believe, the better it will be for Democrats overall.

Obama will hit the campaign trail for candidates, but he also has been stressing nonpartisan engagement ....

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/18/michelle-obama-democrats-midterms-registration-drive-731621

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On ‎7‎/‎17‎/‎2018 at 5:21 PM, mr6666 said:

Transcript: Obama's Speech At The 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

 

"....... More and more peoples, having witnessed the horrors of totalitarianism, the repeated mass slaughters of the 20th century, began to embrace a new vision for humanity, a new idea, one based not only on the principle of national self-determination, but also on the principles of democracy and rule of law and civil rights and the inherent dignity of every single individual. ...….except from conception to birth.

:D

 

 

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https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/07/obama-continues-long-con-nelson-mandela-annual-lecture.html

Obama Continues His Long Con at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Former United States Barack Obama[1] gave the Sixteenth Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture[2] on July 17 before 15,000 people at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Illovo, a wealthy suburb of Johannesburg. The lecture was also streamed online. The event was sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Foundation[3].

I really ought to get out my magic markers and color-code this one (here, here), but what would that tell us that we don’t already know? So in this brief post I’ll start by quoting, for the record, some typically sycophantic press coverage, and then I’ll look at two incongruities that a reality-based community, if one exists, would notice. The first concerns “income inequality.” The second, democracy.

For top-hole Obama sycophancy we look, of course, to The New Yorker. Jelani Cobb does not disappoint:

President Obama was elegant and effortlessly charismatic in ways that recalled the finer occasions of his political tenure. He spoke fully aware of his status as the most credible living representative of American interests. But that charm and self-assuredness were also discordant amid the political alarms sounding in the background.

I’ve helpfully underlined the more highly buffed portions of Cobb’s piece. We know have a shift in tone, foreshadowed by “tenure” in the context of a “lecture,” which elevates the speech into “When they go low, we go high” territory. I’ll underline the phrases that reinforce that tone:

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