Do you long for the days when every other former president kept quiet about what their successor was doing?
Especially when said former president legislated with a pencil and the country decided that the direction he took the country was the wrong one?
Well, ‘Shadow President’ Barack Obama just can’t let things be.
Despite years of his ‘elections have consequences’ blather, even after the 2016 Election, he just can’t STFU. Barry has got to stick it to Trump and conservatives any chance that he gets.
On Wednesday, he was in Norway at the Oslo Business Forum talking about… the need for ‘climate action.’
After an introduction that included starry-eyed butt-kissing, he was interviewed with more starry-eyed butt-kissing.
Here is a partial transcript:
INTERVIEWER: First of all, what everyone is curious about, if you were president once more for a day, what would you have done and why?
OBAMA: You know, the truth is if I would president for a day I would do much because the nature of the U.S. presidency, although it is obviously is an extraordinarily powerful position, you stand atop a big ocean line. Steering that ship takes a lot of people and a long time, even if there is a move of a few degrees. So, in one day, I would say hello to all the staff at the White House that I miss. But, obviously, if I had a longer stretch of time, there was a lot of unfinished business when I left. That’s the nature of democracy, you take the baton from the person behind you and you run your race, then you have pass it on and you haven’t done everything you would like to do. The single highest priority that I see globally is the issue of environmental sustainability and climate change.
Obviously, Paris Accords were an important step in the right direction, but it was only a first step and so much more work needs to be done. The good news is technology is accelerating faster than we might have expected, and I’m confident that if we’re able to create an effective ridge over, let’s say over the course of 25-30 years with more efficiency and deployment of existing technology, that we could get to a point were new technologies take us where we need to go. But, that requires a level of political and social commitment on the part of all of us: businesses, the non-profit sector, each of us individuals, that right now is not forthcoming. Unfortunately, we have a U.S administration that deals differently around these issues.
Barry begins by saying that he ‘wouldn’t do much’ if he were president for a day.
Yeah, bruh, we know. That’s par for the course for you. (It’s a golf term, you certainly know that, right?)
You didn’t do much while you were there for 8 years and your legacy is being erased easily because you legislated in pencil.
He goes on to explain that it ‘takes a long time’ to move the ship of state and that each administration has received the baton from the previous administration and then ‘passes on the baton’ to the next one. (That’s how Barry is trying to take credit for President Trump’s economic successes.)
Barry then expresses his disappointment at the Trump administration’s handling of environmental issues and alludes to the withdrawal from the non-binding Paris Climate Accord.
Well, it’s a good thing that Barry’s not President and that he can’t be again — even for a day.
We’re doing just fine with the cutting of the environmental red tape to free up business and lay the foundation for innovations that will ultimately develop from that.
The European Union has had their carbon emissions rise in the past year, but not so for the United States.
The U.S.’s performance contrasts with that of the European Union, whose carbon dioxide emissions increased by 1.8 percent last year. This, even though many E.U. countries participate in a carbon market and are engaged in vast efforts aimed at replacing fossil fuels with wind and solar power.
Although the Trump administration is generally hostile to international climate change agreements, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that the U.S. reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 2 percent in 2016. This drop is largely attributable to a continuing market-driven switch from coal to natural gas, to more renewable generation, and to a relatively mild winter.
For 8 years we were under the thumb of a government that thought that they knew better than anyone else.
And looky-looky — they were wrong.