Somehow Obama Doesn’t Realize He is Responsible for Trump

Mr. Obama, if anyone should not "struggle to understand Trump's victory," it's you - the guy who made it all possible.

I’ve given it a couple weeks. I thought at first I was just having a visceral reaction to a man I find exceedingly culpable for fanning the flames of discord in our country. He did so feverishly for eight years, all for the gain of his own personal brand. But I’ve waited for two weeks and I can’t shake the sense of indignant disbelief at the hubris of our former president.

Perhaps none of this actually happened. Perhaps this is his former aide Ben Rhodes struggling to tell the truth again. Perhaps this is just more embellishment of a man whose relative greatness was perfectly symbolized in the gigantic Greek columns that were actually made of Styrofoam and removed by the night custodians at Hyde Park.

But since we’ll never know if this is just yet another false narrative from a presidential squad that mastered that art for almost a decade, we must operate under the assumption that Rhodes is serious when he writes that after the 2016 election, Barack Obama had an introspective conflict between knowing how great he was, and knowing that we just weren’t yet ready for him. I’m not kidding. These are the words from the New York Times story that I just can’t get past:

Riding in a motorcade in Lima, Peru, shortly after the 2016 election, President Barack Obama was struggling to understand Donald J. Trump’s victory…“Maybe we pushed too far,” Mr. Obama said. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”

Fall back into their tribe? It is impossible to find a president before him who did more to isolate people into tribes than Obama. Remember:

  • It was Obama that tactlessly berated the Supreme Court during a State of the Union Address for daring to rule against him.
  • It was Obama who taunted Republicans from his opening moments as president by declaring, “Elections have consequences and I won.”
  • It was Obama who mocked his ideological opponents by suggesting that Republicans could come with him but they were going to have to ride in the back of the bus for awhile.
  • It was Obama who intentionally invited Paul Ryan to sit in the front row, unable to respond, as he publicly trashed Ryan’s budget plan with mischaracterizations and innuendo.
  • It was Obama that scorned those of us in “fly-over country” as bitterly clinging to our guns and religion.
  • It was Obama that stirred the race tempest repeatedly: from his references to “typical white people,” to falsely accusing the police of “acting stupidly” in their reasonable and appropriate detention of Louis Gates, to wading into the Trayvon Martin furor before the facts were known, to accusing the police of racism in Ferguson, Missouri even after the grand jury decision.
  • It was Obama that used memorial services to slaughtered victims of gun violence to lead lobby for his politics.
  • It was Obama that bragged about unilaterally circumnavigating Congress and enacting policy with his “pen and a phone.”
  • It was Obama whose own Vice President equated Republicans to terrorists – an offensive comparison that was backed up by others in his administration.

In short, Barack Obama’s entire presidency revolved around dividing people as a means to accruing power. Supremely unqualified for the role of an executive, he had mastered the art of political organizing, fund-raising, and posturing. Community organizers like himself are exceptionally adept at agitating people, organizing them, and provoking them to respond. For any president with such a track record to now offer fake lamentations over those who choose loyalty to their political tribes in a successive election is more than any rational mind can tolerate.

As is this haughty and self-righteous conclusion:

His aides reassured him that he still would have won had he been able to run for another term and that the next generation had more in common with him than with Mr. Trump. Mr. Obama, the first black man elected president, did not seem convinced. “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early,” he said.

Shame on you, America. You disappointed Barack Obama.

Imagine being so self-absorbed you conclude that the country just wasn’t ready for your own greatness. Imagine inverting the concept of public service to the point that rather than taking the George Washington approach and fretting over your own ability to live up to your country’s expectations, you express disappointment that your country did not live up to yours.

Rarely a day goes by that the agitated left doesn’t do something outlandish that causes commentators to remind them, “This is how you got Trump.” But truthfully, no one is more responsible for the emergence of Donald Trump than Barack Obama.

He bred Trump’s kind of politics; he engendered the divisiveness and fed off the kind of rancor that animated Trump’s rise. Trump is the anti-Obama. If American politics is indeed a pendulum, Trump is the only fitting and logical kickback to what Obama wrought. So Mr. Obama, if anyone should not "struggle to understand Donald J. Trump's victory," it's you - the guy who made it all possible.

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You go too far. The only people responsible for Trump being in office are the folks who voted for him. It's really quite simple. Trump is an awful character and the folks who voted for him said they did not and do not care about his terrible character.


Technically true. But like I said, Obama and crew left a searing void where the civil compact once stood. This set the stage for Cruz vs. Trump. (In a world where the civil compact was kept sacred, Trump would not be or have ever been a viable candidate.) With Cruz you had the best candidate who owns any boxing ring or debate hall he enters, with Trump you have an underground cage fighter who could neither be shamed nor silenced and thanks to Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Nixon-Rockefeller-Bush wing of the GOP diluting/diminishing the brand-- they left it vulnerable to a hostile takeover from the Manhattan Maneater.


@cynicalnerd Bush's legacy was a Democrat POTUS, since the economy tanked on his watch. It left the Republican candidate an impossible legacy to defend. Democrats chose to make that POTUS Obama.

Similarly, if Obama did anything it was to gin up the Republican base and give the Republican candidate tailwinds into the election. The fact that the base chose this ignorant pervert as their candidate is on them, especially when they had so many better choices.


As Bush's legacy is Obama, Obama's legacy is Trump. Own it leftist cupcakes. Nature abhors a vaccuum, and Obama left a massive void where the civil compact once stood. Seems like a perfect time to bring up that Ace of Spades article again...

"Personally, I don't feel in any way responsible for Trump, nor do I feel compelled to defend him against attack. Why? Because I voted for retribution. ... ... "He's unpresidential! He'll destroy the integrity of the office!" No, that's already happened. Remember, you elected a shit-talking jackass who takes selfies at state funerals when he's not giving stealth middle fingers to his opponents during debates. There is no dignity of the office, not after Clinton and Obama. "He's a narcissist! He's got totalitarian impulses!" Yes, he's basically a mirror version of Obama. Except now, he'll be working for what I want. The end justifies the means. You taught me that. "A sitting president going after the media. OMG!" Oh, like Obama trashing Rush Limbaugh and Fox News? How about when he sent his lackeys to berate news reporters for failure to flatter him at all times. Oh, and NSA spying on the press. That was pretty great, too. ... ... "He's a bully! Is this what you want? Someone who uses his power to bully other people?!!!" And this is where everything funnels down to the very nexus of my change in attitude from "Do unto others" to "I will do unto you what you do unto me." It's two words: Memories Pizza. "


Congratulation Peter. You are the dumbest man with an internet connection. Well done.