President Barack Obama said Sunday he doesn’t intend to become his successor’s constant critic — but reserved the right to speak out if President-elect Donald Trump or his policies breach certain “values or ideals.”
Offering a rare glimpse into his thoughts on his post-presidency, Obama suggested once he was out of office he would uphold the tradition of ex-presidents stepping aside quietly to allow their successors space to govern. He heaped praise on former President George W. Bush, saying he “could not have been more gracious to me when I came in” and said he wanted to give Trump the same chance to pursue his agenda “without somebody popping off” at every turn.
But Obama suggested there may be limits to his silence.
“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 or battle or go to core questions about our values and ideals, and if I think that it’s necessary or helpful for me to defend those ideals, I’ll examine it when it comes,” Obama told reporters.
Obama, who has consistently praised Bush for the way he’s handled his ex-presidency, faces a conundrum about how to handle his own. Though he’s vowed to ensure a smooth handover of power, Obama is keenly aware he’s being replaced by a new president whose views on many issues are antithetical to his own.
The president spoke out vigorously throughout the campaign against Trump’s calls for banning Muslim immigrants, deporting millions of people living in the U.S. illegally, reinstituting waterboarding, repealing “Obamacare” and canceling the Paris climate deal, to name a few. Those policy proposals and others like them have stoked fear for many Americans who oppose Trump and are hoping that vehement opposition from Obama and other Democrats might prevent Trump from implementing them.
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BHO has just 2 months left, and he’s been using his time to take the occasional swipe at Trump and Conservative policies.
Obama says that he will examine making his views known on issues relating to ‘core questions about values and ideals’. The problem is that to Progressives, EVERYTHING is related to ‘values and ideals’ and the only acceptable path is the one on the Left. No discussion, no compromise.
– Anthropogenic climate change? That’s ‘settled science’.
– Facebook offers 71 gender options. If you don’t agree you’re ‘transphobic’.
– Socialism? If you don’t like it, you’re for the 1%!
– Nanny State? People make poor decisions, so the government should just eliminate choices.
– Her Body, Her Choice. What about the baby? It’s not a baby, it’s a fetus. From the Latin word meaning ‘offspring’.
– Lose an election? Reform the Electoral system by disenfranchising entire states.
Really, just shut up!
They lost the White House and Congress.
The country went in a different direction.
Maybe those ‘core questions’ aren’t the ones Obama thinks they are.