Former President Barack Obama gives a ‘lecture’ in South Africa and it’s stunning in its lack of self-awareness. Check it out…
Obama was in South Africa speaking at Nelson Mandela’s centenary, and he spoke for almost 90 minutes about a variety of subjects, not just the life and legacy of Mandela. Unsurprisingly he spoke about racial tension, but he also discussed political divisions in a way that made many assume that it was a direct criticism of President Trump.
Barry starts out stating that we live in ‘strange and uncertain times’ and it’s time to bring some ‘perspective’ after reading the ‘head-spinning and disturbing headlines’.
He spoke positively about democracy and the rule of law in the way that we would want a President to speak. (He did add in a caveat about capitalism, but it is Obama, after all. In the last election, a ‘Democratic Socialist’ nearly won the primary to run for President.)
He also seemingly spoke negatively about identity politics. If he sticks to it, it’s a step in the right direction.
Pres. Obama: Democracy demands getting inside "the reality of people who are different than us."
"You can't do it if you insist that those who aren't like you because they're white, or because they're male…that somehow they lack standing to speak on certain matters." pic.twitter.com/NHPR9cQmpQ
— ABC News (@ABC) July 17, 2018
Did Barry just say that?!?
Because I totally agree with him.
Don’t worry, he gets right back to his obnoxious, lecturing self when he starts talking about ‘fake news’.
Barack Obama: "Too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth"
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 17, 2018
Fact: A fetus is a genetically separate being from the mother. Incidentally, the word ‘fetus’ is Latin for ‘baby’.
Fact: Biological gender cannot be changed because it’s determined by DNA. Cosmetics won’t change it. Surgery won’t change it.
Whatcha gonna do about that, Mr. Science?
He’s not quite finished talking about truth, though.
He then goes on to discuss how some politicians lie.
Former President Obama slams ‘right-wing billionaires” and mourns the loss of “objective truth” during a speech at the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture pic.twitter.com/YlQDZTyDKa
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 18, 2018
‘We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders, where they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and lie some more.’
Too bad Barry’s been guilty of this repeatedly.
‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.’
‘I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.’
‘There is no spying on Americans.’
‘It is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.’
When asked about when he knew about Hillary’s private server, he said he learned about it when it was reported on the news. That was a lie. He was using a pseudonym and there was a massive cover-up to protect him.
Barry’s just speaking from authority, amirite?
Here’s Barry talking about ‘Strongman politics’ that is on the rise and threatening democracies.
President Obama in South Africa: "Look around: strongman politics are ascendant…whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are maintained…but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning." pic.twitter.com/L9xyRonCY6
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 17, 2018
‘Some pretense of democracy are maintained — the form of it — but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.’
Oh, you mean like weaponizing government against your political enemies?
I mean, the American people would be livid if someone used the following agencies to push their own political agenda and protect their political allies:
Not even a smidgen of corruption.
Yes, this certainly was a lecture.
If you’re feeling particularly masochistic, you can watch the whole speech here: