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Marco Rubio Uses Obama’s Own Words Against Him After Former President Calls for ‘Decency’

Former President Barack Obama’s speech Friday at the University of Illinois has dominated several news cycles. This isn’t surprising since it represents the first time the former president has really addressed the sitting president by name instead of skirting around him using innuendoes, treating him as if he were Voldemort.

What has been surprising are the rapturous plaudits Obama’s speech received. I understand most of what Obama does gets plaudits in the mainstream media — but there was an unusual audacity to pretty much everything he said, and it didn’t involve the audacity of hope.

Four times during the speech did a president who intentionally divided America for eight years in the White House talk about “divisions,” according to a transcript from Vox; and each of those “divisive” instances involved Republicans.

When Obama invoked “decent” or “decency,” however, he spoke exclusively of Democrats. That’s the party that, at the very moment the former president was making the speech, was using the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings as an advertisement for the midterms and beyond.

It didn’t take much to notice the incongruence. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida certainly did, and he went to Twitter to expose it.

Yes, Obama did all of that. And so much more, too!

Ah yes, not divisive at all. And then Rubio brought out what was arguably Obama’s most divisive hit, released before he even took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania.

This is how the same man who talked about how “the politics of division and resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party” on Friday explained those people who disagreed with the Democrats on issues like trade or immigration: guns and religion. I didn’t find that quote mentioned a whole lot after Friday’s address.

And there were more of Obama’s greatest hits to remind people of. Much more.

The media seemed to have collective amnesia about these comments on Friday. And Obama did, too.

“I am here to tell you that even if you don’t agree with me or Democrats on policy, even if you believe in more libertarian economic theories, even if you are an evangelical and our position on certain social issues is a bridge too far, even if you think my assessment of immigration is mistaken and the Democrats aren’t serious enough about immigration enforcement, I’m here to tell you that you should still be concerned with our current course and should still want to see a restoration of honesty and decency and lawfulness in our government,” he told the audience.

How wonderful it would have been if the spirit “of honesty and decency and lawfulness in our government” been evident in all the years Obama was in office or his party maintained any of the levers of power in Washington. Today, if you wanted to see the real spirit — or, dare I say, “lodestar” — of the Democrats in action, you need only have watched the Kavanaugh hearings.

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5 Comments

  1. Dean Perry

    September 10, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    “I understand most of what Obama does gets plaudits in the mainstream media”
    I do as well since he’s our most popular president since Reagan… which is something Trump can NOT get over!

    • Renee

      September 16, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Delusional Dean Perrywinkle gets it wrong again. Don’t you get tired of being a loser? Obama is now the worst ranking president of our time. Even Carter celebrated by announcing that thanks to Obama, he no longer holds the title of ‘Worst President’! Go join your friends on the loser pages Dean. No one takes you seriously here.

  2. Mary

    September 15, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Mr. Obama only divided our country, only cared about lining his pockets and hobnobbing with Hollywood and the elite around the world. When you go into office, it’s because you care and want to make the country and it’s people better. All he did was put this country down. MR. Obama and the Dem’s have no Decency, it rally shows, they are scared because the American people are seeing through them , The comment was made that President Trump needed to except the out come of the election , BUT THEY CAN’T AttN. Dem’s GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Zeynep Karakurt Ozman

    September 16, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Obama should better go back to his jet-setter style life with Richard Branson. No one listens to his garbage any longer. He cannot be elected as a President, so why is Soros wasting his monies on him. Obama looks more and more suspicious…… He has this shady look on his eyes….. He is either scared to death, or he cannot avoid his new appearance…… His new appearance is pathetic. I think he should keep his invicible self to be on the safer side.

  4. Betsy Cox

    September 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Obama is a disgrace to America. In his speech last week he said and I quote (do not wait for a savior American doesnt need a Messiah) How sick that is when our country was found on our God. I also think Maxine Waters should be arrested for telling people to make Republicans lives in danger.

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