Some big talk on the way out

Pres­i­dent Obama says he could have won a third term. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

There’s not much sun­shine for a pres­i­dent on his way out of town, even if, as in the case of Barack Obama, he isn’t even leav­ing town. Marine One, the big green he­li­copter, will pluck the for­mer pres­i­dent and his lady from the Capi­tol, where they will have lunched with Pres­i­dent Trump and the first lady af­ter the in­au­gu­ral, and take them on the tra­di­tional long, sweep­ing arc over the na­tion’s cap­i­tal for one last, lin­ger­ing look at all he once presided over.

Only Mr. Obama is not leav­ing town, and short of a suit­able land­ing pad, Marine One can’t even drop him off at his new digs in the fash­ion­able Kalo­rama neigh­bor­hood, just up the street from the mosque. But they’ll have enough help find­ing their way home.

Get­ting used to be­ing just plain cit­i­zen usu­ally takes a while. Harry and Bess Tru­man drove home to Mis­souri in their old Ply­mouth, and when some­one asked him what they did on ar­riv­ing home, the 32d pres­i­dent said sim­ply: “Well, I took the suit­cases up to the at­tic.” Not much has changed since.

Mr. Obama is ap­par­ently al­ready not hav­ing an easy tran­si­tion. He got in a pres­i­den­tial tiff with his suc­ces­sor over whether he would have won a third term by putting the Don­ald in his place.

“I’m con­fi­dent,” he told David Ax­el­rod of CNN News, “that if I — if I had run again and ar­tic­u­lated it, I think I could have mo­bi­lized the Amer­i­can peo­ple to rally be­hind it.

“I know that in con­ver­sa­tions that I’ve had with peo­ple around the coun­try, even some peo­ple who dis­agreed with me, they would say that the vi­sion, the di­rec­tion you point to­ward is the right one.”

Well, Mr. Obama’s supreme self-con­fi­dence, the be­lief that the mere sound of his voice could charm a mar­ble an­gel off a grave­stone, has al­ways been his strength. It’s part of what led mil­lions of Amer­i­cans give him the ben­e­fit of the doubt. The other part is the in­nate good­will of the Amer­i­can peo­ple, twice elected the first black pres­i­dent.

Don­ald Trump, on the other hand, ap­pears to be com­ing at last to the re­al­iza­tion that he will soon be the pres­i­dent, and will no longer need an­swer ev­ery jibe and taunt from the Democrats, even from Barack Obama.

“Pres­i­dent Obama said he thinks he would have won [a third term] against me,” the Don­ald re­sponded mildly on Twit­ter. “He should say that, but I say NO WAY! — jobs leav­ing, ISIS, Ocare, etc” The Don­ald is learn­ing that the nee­dle by un­der­state­ment can be more fun than go­ing over the top.

But could Mr. Obama have de­feated the Don­ald? We’ll never know, of course, but Mr. Obama was as much the tar­get of the ire that the Don­ald rode to the White House as Hil­lary was. If it makes the pres­i­dent feel good, one last toot on the pres­i­den­tial horn hurts no one. We’ve all been to some big towns and heard some big talk, and when the big talk­ing is done, it won’t be the Don­ald singing the blues.

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