“Yes, hello. Is this Barack Obama? The former-president Barack Obama?”
“Oh, good. I’m glad I have the right one. There is something I’d like to tell you. Ready?”
“You. Are. No. Longer. President.”
Pick up your fishing gear or your hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars speaking fee and go to Hawaii.
You’re no longer a 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue resident.
Therefore, we don’t need your opinions on foreign policies and elections.
The world will continue without you, Barack.
But, apparently, he hasn’t gotten the message.
According to The Daily Caller:
Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on Monday urging Kenyan voters to reject violence and embrace an “inclusive democracy” ahead of Tuesday’s election.
Obama issued his statement even though President Trump has not yet weighed in publicly on Kenya’s election.
“To move forward, Kenyans have to reject a politics of tribe and ethnicity, and embrace the extraordinary potential of an inclusive democracy,” Obama said.
“I urge Kenyan leaders to reject violence and incitement; respect the will of the people; urge security forces to act professionally and neutrally; and work together no matter the outcome,” he added, before addressing the Kenyan people.
“I urge all Kenyans to work for an election — and aftermath — that is peaceful and credible, reinforcing confidence in your new Constitution and the future of your country. Any disputes around the election should be resolved peacefully, through Kenya’s institutions and the rule of law.”
Thank you, Former President Obama, for your high and mighty wisdom and extraordinary insight.
Despite the fact that you have an abysmal foreign policy record, please continue to direct the rest of the world after you’ve left the Oval Office.
Some would even call your presidency a tragedy because of your foreign policy!
What was his biggest problem?
Stephen Walt argued, “the days when the United States could create security and maintain order in nearly every part of the world are behind it, and U.S. leaders must do a better job of deciding which places matter most and which can be left to run themselves. To a large extent, Obama never made that choice.”
He appointed liberal crusaders who believed in “global leadership,” and these Democrats “rarely saw an international issue they didn’t think the United States should play a major role in solving.”
And most importantly, Walt argues, Obama “failed to appreciate that his opponents were not as reasonable, rational, cool, or unselfish as he was. If a central theme runs through Obama’s approach to politics, it is his conviction that people with differing views can come together, discuss, debate, share information, and gradually come to a mutual understanding that satisfies both sides and that will advance the public interest.”
Ah, that beautiful utopian world of cupcakes without calories and uber unicorns.
Barack Obama thought the United States should have their hands in everything as they knew what was best.
Now, in his retirement, he continues to carry that torch and resists being washed up on the shores of obscurity by butting in on things like Kenya’s election.
But I guess you golfed half of your presidency away anyway — might as well try and make up for long time now.