There’s a longstanding tradition in this country that former presidents gracefully fade into the background to allow their successor to get comfortable in the presidency unchallenged. Unfortunately, Barack Hussein Obama is not following this tradition, as he resurfaced today in Germany to bash Donald Trump with his old friend, Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Daily Mail reported that Obama was given a rock star welcome by German liberals when he appeared at a public debate with Merkel in Berlin. Of course, Obama made the appearance all about himself, shamelessly using it to defend his own presidency. The former president told the crowd that, “we have to push back against those trends that would violate human rights or suppress democracy or restrict individual freedoms.”
In a thinly veiled reference to Trump, Obama then talked about the need to see development aid and diplomacy as essential aspects of national security policy.
“We can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall,” Obama said, clearly referring to Trump’s plans to build a border wall.
“In the eyes of God, a child on the other side of the border is no less worthy of love and compassion than my own child,” Obama said. “You can’t distinguish between them in terms of their worth or inherent dignity.”
Unsurprisingly, the former president went on to defend Obamacare.
“My hope was that I was able to get 100% of people health care while I was president. We didn’t quite achieve that, but we were able to get 20 million people health care who didn’t have health care,” Obama said. “Certainly I have some regrets. Obviously some of the progress that we made is now in peril … but the point really is for those 20 million people, their lives have been better.”
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