Did you think former President Barack Obama was going to follow his predecessor, George W. Bush, and fade into the background after eight years in the White House?
HAH!, think again. Barack Obama can’t stand being out of the limelight for even one second, which is why last week he started on a five-day trip to China, India, and France, where he met with foreign leaders as if he were some sort of shadow president. See: REPORT: Obama Running ‘Secret War Room’ 2 Miles From White HouseTo Destroy POTUS Trump…
In Paris on Saturday, Obama said there is a “temporary absence of American leadership” when it comes to tackling climate change.See: This Trump Decision Is A GIANT Blow To The Obama Administrative State
“I grant you that at the moment we have a temporary absence of American leadership on the issue,” the former president said, drawing laughter from French former ministers and CEOs at the invitation-only event, which was closed to the press.
Trump, who campaigned on “America First” and ripped the Paris accord on climate, pulled out of the lopsided deal once he took office. He has argued that the deal allowed China and India — where Obama coincidentally traveled to on his tour — to do whatever they like, while the United States would be caught up in regulations and bureaucracy.
But at least one world leader sought to put a little distance between himself and Obama.
“Earlier in the day, Obama had lunch with President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee palace — although the French presidency told Reuters that was in a ‘private capacity’ and did not publicize the event with the usual tweet or official photo,” Reuters reported. See: Judicial Watch: Obama Family Vacations, Campaigning Cost Taxpayers New Total over $114 Million
On his trip to Paris, Obama rambled on about other things he doesn’t like — as if anyone cares. Once again, he told European leaders how to govern their own countries.
In comments likely to raise eyebrows in Brussels, Obama said that although Europeans should not take for granted what the European project has accomplished since the end of World War Two, decision-making in the EU could be improved.
“I think for example that the European Union needs to recognize that micro-managing every single aspect of life within Europe gets people frustrated,” he said.
“So there are ways of streamlining and improving the functioning of the European Union, but the European project itself, the Union itself is something that is worth preserving,” he added.
On his departure from the White House, Bush famously announced that he would not comment on every jot and tittle of his successor. Obama, he said, has “got a hard enough job without everybody else trying to, you know, give him advice.”See: Opposing Trump: Former President Barack Obama is still traveling the world and meeting with foreign leaders
A classy move, but one that Obama is clearly unable to emulate.
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