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Thomas Gallatin / November 15, 2016

Obama’s Obnoxious Condescension

His attitude toward Trump is an attempt to preserve his own legacy.

On Monday, Barack Obama held what we can only hope is his final press conference. Predictably, it was filled with both patronizing contempt and backhanded “compliments” directed at president-elect Donald Trump. In what has become his signature lecturing fashion, Obama played the role of the erudite elitist sneering at that rube, Trump.

Obama suggested that Trump really doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into, and that he’s in over his head. “I think that he successfully mobilized a big chunk of the country to vote for him. Regardless of what experience or assumptions he brought to the office, this office has a way of waking you up. And those aspects of his positions or predispositions that don’t match up with reality, he will find shaken up pretty quick. Because reality has a way of asserting itself.” Translation: Yes, Trump won, but his ridiculous campaign ideas just won’t work, and he’ll learn that pretty quick.

Even The Wall Street Journal bought into Obama’s condescension, “reporting” that Trump “seemed surprised by the scope” of the job and that his aides were “unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama’s term.” We’re not sure how such pathetic White House agitprop ended up in the Journal, but its normally astute editors should be ashamed.

Back to the press conference, Obama sneered, “I think it’ll be important for him to have the room, to staff up, to figure out what his priorities are, to be able to distinguish between what he was campaigning on and what is practical — what he can actually achieve.” Translation: Don’t dream too big, because your ridiculous plans are going nowhere. Obama continued, “You know, there are certain things that made for good soundbites but don’t always translate into good policy.” Of course, Obama knows a thing or two about soundbites that don’t translate into good policy. “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” anyone?

Obama also decided to play the role of amateur psychologist, saying, “There are going to be certain elements of his temperament that will not serve him well unless he recognizes them and corrects them.” This coming from a man who is possibly the thinnest-skinned narcissist to have ever occupied the Oval Office.

As he did when he campaigned for Hillary Clinton, Obama is attempting everything in his power to save his legacy. The fact is, it’s his legacy that won the election for Trump. It’s his legacy that a majority of Americans rejected. Obama needs to hear his own lecture. It’s time for him to graciously follow the lead of George W. Bush and remove himself from the political forum, for the good of the United States of America.

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