President Obama May Weigh In On Important Issues As Ex-President Instead Of Staying On The Sidelines And Feels He Could Have Beaten Trump If He Were Able To Run Again.
President Barack Obama isn’t arguing for a repeal of the Twenty-Second Amendment, but he believes he could have won a third term – beating Donald Trump – if he had been allowed to run for a third term in office.
And he said he might not stay on the sidelines and let his successor have the spotlight all to himself, if Trump’s presidency raises ‘foundational issues about our democracy.’
Obama told his former senior adviser David Axelrod, who is now a CNN contributor, that the vision of a united America he stressed in his famous 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote speech is still powerful enough that it might have carried the day.
‘You know, I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I – if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.’
Obama claimed that Republicans including former Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ‘mobilized a backlash to this vision’ in order to beat Democrats up and down the ballot.
Part of Trump’s standard stump speech promised Americans that he would unite them as ‘one people, under one God, saluting one American flag.’
He accused Republicans of believing ‘that if we just say “no,” then that will puncture the balloon, that all this talk about hope and change and “no red state and blue state” is – is proven to be a mirage, a fantasy.’
The president framed national unity in terms of ‘one America that is tolerant and diverse and open, and full of energy and dynamism,’ claiming his time in office has produced that attitude ‘in all sorts of ways.’
‘It manifests itself in communities all across the country. We see it in this younger generation that is smarter, more tolerant, more innovative, more creative, more entrepreneurial, would not even think about, you know, discriminating somebody against, for example, because of their sexual orientation,’ he said.
Trump was castigated by the political left for prejudices of all kinds but insisted on protecting ‘the LGBT community’ in dozens of speeches before cheering Republicans, and famously defended transgender icon Caitlin Jenner’s right to use whichever bathroom she wished in his Trump Tower skyscraper.
Obama seemed to fire a warning shot during the CNN interview, published Monday online, that while he has no immediate plans to be vocal as a former president, that might change if he thinks the Trump administration threatens what he considers to be ‘foundational issues about our democracy.’
‘I have to be quiet for a while. And I don’t mean politically, I mean internally,’ he said.
‘At a certain point, you make room for new voices and fresh legs,’ Obama explained, talking mostly about the need to let up-and-coming Democrats find their own public voices.
But ‘that doesn’t mean that if a year from now, or a year-and-a-half from now, or two years from now, there is an issue of such moment, such import, that isn’t just a debate about a particular tax bill or, you know, a particular policy, but goes to some foundational issues about our democracy, that I might not weigh in,’ the lame duck president explained.
‘You know, I’m still a citizen and that carries with it duties and obligations.’
It’s traditional for former presidents to hold their tongues and avoid criticizing the men who take over the Oval Office after they pass the baton.
George W. Bush has repeatedly declined to comment on Obama’s choices, many of which unraveled his policies.
By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com