The last few nights, the American People have been subjected to a retelling of history and a level of negativity, cynicism and outright hatred that I have not seen in all of my 58 years.
Former President Barack Obama, in particular, disgraced and embarrassed himself – and the Office of the Presidency – by breaking with decades – if not centuries – of tradition and decorum, publicly and personally attacking the current Commander in Chief at the virtual Democratic Convention. It was an exercise in gaslighting and projection at a level that was exceeding high, even for Barack Obama. He spent virtually no time talking about his great friend, Joe Biden or what he and Kamala Harris would do to make our lives better. Instead, he used his time to demagogue, vilify and excoriate “the man in the arena” who has spent every waking hour (20 hours a day) for the past 3-1/2 years cleaning up the mess he and Joe Biden left for him.
Among other things, Obama stated:
“I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did.”
This, from a man who weaponized the IRS and the DOJ to go after his enemies, who spied on a presidential candidate, a presidential nominee and a president…..who just got caught doing so and who may soon pay the price if John Durham and William Barr have anything to say about it……but I digress.
Obama continued with his anti-Trump vitriol:
“For close to four years now, he’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”
Once again, from perhaps the most narcissistic president in American history, a man who entered politics from the middle class and – thanks to his 8 years in office as a “public servant” – purchased a $15 million oceanfront compound on 99-percent white Martha’s Vineyard….and is in the process of building another multi-million dollar oceanfront retirement compound on the site of the Higgins Estate (of Magnum PI fame) in Hawaii, taking advantage of loopholes in order to be able to retain a wall around the place. Two oceanfront properties from a man who for eight years warned us that the oceans were going to swallow everything up because of climate change. Walled compounds from a man who tells us that walls are racist. Oh, and this is the same man whose own Vice President, Joe Biden, used his office – and Air Force Two – to fly to China to pick up a cool $3 million for his son, Hunter….to fly to Ukraine to threaten them (quid pro quo) to get their prosecutor off Hunter’s back about his lucrative deal with Burisma…..and who used his office to enrich himself and his family, including his brother. Once again, I digress.
“Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone while those at the top take in more than ever.”
Where to begin……where to begin.
Any sane, rational, intellectually honest adult knows these assertions are prima facie laughable and ridiculous. Donald Trump sleeps 4 hours a day. We have seen him at work at all hours of the day and night, always in a suit and tie and always on the job. He is constantly on the move. The man is a machine and at 74 runs rings around the people in his administration half his age. Meanwhile, Joe Biden, only three years Trump’s senior, cannot remember who he is, what office he’s running for, what state he’s in, the opening words to our most-famous founding document and who spends his time eating farina, listening to the honking geese outside his basement window and slobbering all over himself while hiding out in his bunker, in constant fear of the Covid-19 bogeyman. Anyone else with similar infirmities applying for a job in a similar fashion would be instantly rejected, let alone someone applying for the most difficult, most physically, mentally and emotionally-taxing job in the world. But, these are not normal times. The Democrats made sure of that with their “plandemic” hoax and their well-paid anarchists and Marxists who are turning America’s cities into war zones.
It was well-known that when Barack Obama was President, no matter what was going on, he left for the day at 6 p.m. and retired for the evening to the White House residence, not to be seen nor heard from again until sometime the next morning. May I remind you, too, that Obama considered himself a lazy person.
You might recall the interview he did with Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20 in 2011:
Barbara Walters: “What’s the trait you most deplore in yourself, and the trait you most deplore in others?”
President Obama: “Laziness.”
Walters: “You’re lazy?”
Obama: “You know, it’s interesting. There is a deep down, underneath all the work that I do, I think there’s a laziness in me. It’s probably from, you know, growing up in Hawaii and it’s sunny outside, and sitting on the beach.”
When Barack Obama was 18 years old, he spent most of his time hanging out and smoking pot “in a white classmate’s sparkling new van, in the dorm room of some brother or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids” as he wrote in his 1995 memoir “Dreams of My Father.” Meanwhile, 18-year old Donald Trump was attending the New York Military Academy.
Barack Obama never had a real job. As the late Charles Krauthammer once said, “he never so much as ran a corner candy shop.” Instead, Obama spent some time hiding out in academia, then got into community organizing and lived off Michelle’s income as an attorney while he went around stirring up trouble in minority communities. He kicked off his political career in the home of an unrepentant terrorist, William Ayers, became state senator in Illinois and then was a US senator for 150 days before running for president. The rest is history. Just look up “Peter Principle” in your Merriam-Webster’s.
While stoner Obama was coasting, Donald Trump built an empire of 576 companies or businesses and employed tens of thousands of people. Trump’s signature has appeared on perhaps millions of paychecks, on the front, not the back. Barack Obama’s signature never appeared on the front nor the back of a paycheck – because he never got one. He never came up with a business idea, never built nor created anything. He never employed a single American, never had to meet a payroll. Truth be told, he never did anything but cause trouble and stir up racial tensions while living off the backs of his wife and ultimately, the American People.
Now, Barack Obama says that President Trump doesn’t want to put in the work. That’s rich. Donald Trump accomplished more by his 40th birthday than Barack Obama could – or would – accomplish in three lifetimes. Let’s remember that Trump entered politics as an extremely wealthy man. Barack Obama didn’t become extremely wealthy until after he entered politics, using his office to enrich himself and his family, not unlike Joe Biden. Yet, they want to look at Trump’s tax returns. I digress again. Forgive me.
The list of Donald Trump’s accomplishments as president would be extraordinary for a two-termer, let alone for one who has been in Office for a mere 3-1/2 years, all the while facing unprecedented headwinds by the Democrats and 93 percent negative press. As for Joe Biden, his life – not unlike Barack Obama – is the textbook definition of the Peter Principle. He has coasted along his entire political career sans a single accomplishment and has been infamously wrong and come down on the wrong side of history with every major decision he’s made during his nearly half-century as part of the Washington swamp.
The low point of Obama’s remarks – and that’s already a low bar – came when he blamed President Trump for 170,000 Covid-19 deaths and the loss of jobs. Anyone who takes that seriously is a damned fool. Even Obama knows that’s not true. The loss of jobs was a direct result of the economic shutdown recommended by the so-called “expert,” Dr. Anthony Fauci. His flip-flopping, flawed models and completely-wrong calls at every turn since day one got us to the place we are today. Nearly half of the nation’s deaths took place in nursing homes because of the literally deadly decisions by governors like Andrew Cuomo and Phil Murphy, who forced nursing homes to admit Covid-19-positive patients. Governors were adamant that they alone had the decision-making power on handling the pandemic in their states and now they – as well as Barack Obama – are blaming Donald Trump for their own failed leadership. So, what else is new? This has been a tact of the Democrats for decades. They cannot attack Trump on his policies overall, so they have nothing left but to attack him personally and to take advantage of the nation’s Covid-19 fears to trash him on his Covid-19 response, which, as we know, is all about Dr. Fauci and the nation’s governors, not about Donald Trump.
Under Barack Obama and Joe Biden, no demographic suffered more than the African-American community. Record unemployment and low wages…..the lowest labor-participation rate in history……record welfare and food stamps……record-low home ownership……on and on and on. Obama and his acolytes tout his 8 years of economic recovery. Technically, that’s true……but ONLY technically. Barack Obama and Joe Biden presided over the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression and their moribund, anemic economy grew by a fraction of a fraction throughout their administration. Obama/Biden go down in history as the only administration to not see 3 percent growth during any given year. When Donald Trump took Office and reduced taxes and regulations, the nearly horizontal line that bumped along the bottom under Obama/Biden for eight years suddenly turned into a vertical line……straight up.
We all recall when Mr. Obama said that manufacturing jobs were never coming back and that we would have to get used to a “new normal” in this country. We also recall an appearance during which Obama mockingly proposed the question of Trump, “What magic wand do you have?” Once the manufacturing jobs and the economy came roaring back under Donald Trump, Barack Obama quickly spoke out to take credit for the newly-robust economy, an economy that Obama himself said was impossible. Even with the “plandemic” and the economic shutdown, the stock market, the economy and the country are doing better than they ever did under Biden/Obama. But that doesn’t stop them from trying to take the credit. As the idiom goes, “success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.”
Anyone willing to be honest with himself has to recognize that President Donald J. Trump has worked indefatigably for nearly four years to clean up after Obama’s and Biden’s mess. When Obama stated last night that Trump has “shown no interest in putting in the work,” there should have been a rimshot.
Donald Trump responded to Obama’s attacks yesterday, stating the obvious, plainly:
“President Obama did not do a good job. And the reason I’m here is because of President Obama and Joe Biden. Because if they did a good job, I wouldn’t be here. And probably, if they did a good job, I wouldn’t have even run; I would have been very happy. I enjoyed my previous life very much, but they did such a bad job that I stand before you as President.”
There it is. I have said it a thousand times. Had there been no President Obama, there never would have been a President Trump. Obama had taken us so far left to the precipice that only a man with Donald Trump’s ego, skills and fearlessness could bring us back. His wealth and his previous life give him the freedom to speak his mind and to do what he thinks is best for the country, not to simply please a political party or “K Street” in Washington…..the lobbyists and activists. Politicians are held hostage by their titles and positions. They must say and do what is expedient in order to ensure they’ll retain power and win the next election…..because it’s all they have. Donald Trump is not trapped by his office. If he loses reelection, he can go back to his old life, which was pretty good, no?
Trump’s freedom proved to be a powerful thing during the 2016 campaign when – as a political neophyte – he destroyed his competition, seasoned politicians all, including the Clinton dynasty. Electing Donald Trump was the American People’s way of summarily rejecting all things Obama, Biden and Clinton. The 63 million Americans who voted for Trump were giving their country the antidote she needed to the previous eight years.
So, you see, it isn’t that Donald Trump has “shown no interest in putting in the work” as Barack Obama claims. Quite the opposite. Trump did the work. He did his job and he did it well……too well. Obama and the Democrats know that and that’s why they have sought to destroy him since the day he took Office.
President Trump, an outsider, an interloper, went to Washington and tossed over all of the tables of the money changers in the temple. Trump, alone, did the job that the Democrats have only been promising to do for 60 years – with absolutely no intention of ever honoring those promises. Donald Trump, this neophyte, was better at the job than were the Washington insiders who had been at it for decades. Trump’s economy resulted in the lowest black unemployment rate in American history and the largest wage increases among the lowest-paid workers in the country. President Trump funded empowerment zones and black colleges. He reformed the criminal justice system and created the Second Chance Act. Donald Trump’s economy and policies have done more to improve life in the African-American community than anything the Democrats have done since The Great Society of the mid-sixties.
As a result, Donald Trump made the Democrats, the old pros, look bad. He exposed them, he trolled them, he forced them to come out of the closet and out of the shadows and to publicly embrace the most radical policies ever put forth by a major Party, none of which will help anyone, let alone America’s blacks. President Trump’s list of accomplishments obliterated the carrot of empty promises that the Democrats have been dangling before the African-American community for six decades. It is precisely those empty promises that kept the black community coming back…..again and again…..voting Democrat for more than a half century.
In reality, the Democrats never had any intentions of fixing the problems they, themselves, created in the black community. Simply put, without those problems, there is no carrot to dangle, there is nothing for the Democrats to promise to fix, nothing to run on. And so, there is no longer a reason for blacks to vote Democrat. That is why African-American support of Donald Trump continues to increase, with some estimates as high as forty percent. If Trump receives even 15% of the black vote, it’s over for Joe, Kamala and the Democrats. Donald Trump is in the process of single-handedly taking away the Democrats’ dangling (pandering) carrot as well as a big part of their constituency. That is why Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, the Democrat Party in toto, never-Trumpers like Kumbaya Kasich and all of the speakers and hosts at the Democratic Convention have made hatin’ on Trump and pandering – job one. Since they cannot attack him on his policies, particularly those that have dramatically improved the lives of African-Americans, they have nothing left but to attack him personally.
As dumb as the Democrats may seem, they really are not. But they believe you are. They all know exactly what’s happening and they know that the things they say publicly are utterly asinine. I have said repeatedly that we should celebrate every time the Democrats elevate their rhetoric to a new level of nastiness. It simply proves that they realize all the more that they have no chance in November. If they were that convinced that the overwhelming majority of voters despise Donald Trump, they wouldn’t be working to the point of exhaustion to destroy him. They would simply let the People vote him out. Democrat attempts to get rid of the Electoral College and to have a vote-by-mail presidential election prove that they know they cannot win through the fair processes that have been in place for centuries. They know they must cheat if they are to have any chance at all.
At this point, the Democrats believe they have nothing to lose and are behaving like a rabid dog backed into a corner. But, try as they might, as Louisiana Senator John Kennedy is wont to say, “that dog won’t hunt.”