Obama re­minds vot­ers why they backed Trump

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

Just in time to re­mind Amer­ica why vot­ers elected Don­ald Trump pres­i­dent two years ago, ex-Pres­i­dent Barack Obama emerged from po­lit­i­cal ex­ile last week. Pompous, in­suf­fer­able, self-en­thralled, cliched and unin­spir­ing, he picked up right where he left off.

Re­liv­ing his eight-year cam­paign that cost over 1,000 Demo­crat politi­cians their seats, Mr. Obama put on his psy­chi­a­trist cap and de­clared our cur­rent pol­i­tics men­tally un­well.

This Novem­ber, he lec­tured, is “a chance to re­store some san­ity in our pol­i­tics.”

And his his­tory pro­fes­sor cap. The “arc of Amer­i­can his­tory” blah blah blah blah. The whole class was fast asleep be­fore he got to his point. In­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Trump.

He even donned his old com­man­derin-chief cap and tried some mil­i­tary talk.

“We’re go­ing to put on our march­ing shoes,” Mr. Obama said. The crowd just stared up and blinked in con­fu­sion.

He said he had to break his si­lence in or­der to com­plain about Mr. Trump be­cause things had be­come so “dire.”

He called Mr. Trump a “dem­a­gogue” and a “threat to our democ­racy.” Which is why, per­haps, Mr. Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion de­ployed Amer­ica’s en­tire es­pi­onage ap­pa­ra­tus to spy against the Trump cam­paign at the height of the 2016 elec­tion.

“If we don’t step up, things can get worse,” Mr. Obama said. So, he was step­ping up. Ei­ther that or Mr. Obama had heard a Red Heifer had been born at the Tem­ple of Is­rael last week and as­sumed that was his sig­nal to re­turn. Time for the Sec­ond Com­ing of Obama.

Ac­tu­ally, his re­turn to the po­lit­i­cal stage sounded more like some­body had fed a re­ally ter­ri­ble high-school term pa­per into Mr. Obama’s trusty old teleprompters.

Also, he was sick and tired of hear­ing all these economists and fi­nan­cial ex­perts talk­ing about how great the Trump econ­omy is do­ing. So he de­liv­ered a speech and de­clared that Mr. Trump’s ex­cel­lent econ­omy was ac­tu­ally a re­sult of Mr. Obama’s eight-year as­sault on in­dus­try, small busi­nesses, cor­po­ra­tions, tax­pay­ers and health care.

Mr. Obama’s re-emer­gence comes af­ter a truly re­mark­able week — in ad­di­tion to the birth of a Red Heifer in Is­rael.

Le­gendary swamp man Bob Wood­ward — jeal­ous over the star treat­ment Omarosa Mani­gault New­man got over her kiss-and-tell book — re­sponded with a kiss-and-tell book of his own. Only, Mr. Wood­ward failed to get the ac­cess inside the White House that she achieved.

In time, per­haps, Mr. Wood­ward might de­velop Ms. Mani­gault New­man’s level of re­port­ing chops.

Any­way, the books were re­mark­ably sim­i­lar in their ob­ses­sion with palace in­trigue — and noth­ing else.

Mr. Obama’s re­turn to the swamp also fol­lows an anony­mous opin­ion ar­ti­cle in The New York Times con­firm­ing the ex­is­tence of a “Deep State” aimed at thwart­ing the will of Amer­i­can vot­ers from inside the White House.

Mean­while, Mr. Trump re­mains fo­cused on stok­ing the econ­omy, ex­pand­ing op­por­tu­nity for all Amer­i­cans, slash­ing govern­ment red tape, max­i­miz­ing free­dom for or­di­nary Amer­i­cans and putting law-abid­ing con­sti­tu­tion­al­ists onto the fed­eral courts.

Good luck, Mr. Obama. Looks like some­body jumped the Red Heifer.

Mr. Obama’s re­turn to the swamp also fol­lows an anony­mous opin­ion ar­ti­cle in The New York Times con­firm­ing the ex­is­tence of a “Deep State” aimed at thwart­ing the will of Amer­i­can vot­ers from inside the White House.

Con­tact Charles Hurt at churt@wash­ing­ton­times.com or on Twitter @charleshurt.

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