(NationalSentinel) Most presidents exit Washington for wherever they called home before being elected faster than you can say “Hail to the Chief.” That is especially true if they’ve served two full terms.
That’s because, according to most ex-presidents, the job is incredibly demanding and it’s quite a weight off of their shoulders to hand the mantle of responsibility for the free world off to a successor.
But not President Obama. He plans to stay in Washington, D.C., for no other reason than to be an uncharacteristic ex-presidential thorn in the side of Republicans and the Trump administration.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, it’s hard to miss a president who won’t go away:
Why did President Obama deliver his farewell address in Chicago? Maybe because he has no plans to leave Washington. He’ll stick around at least until his younger daughter, 15-year-old Sasha, finishes high school in 2½ years. He’s leasing an 8,200-square-foot, eight-bedroom gray stone mansion in the posh Kalorama neighborhood, about 2 miles from the White House. …
If Mr. Obama is not at peace, his worries are well-founded. The achievement he considers most important, ObamaCare, is likely to be dismantled by a Republican-led Congress that never voted for it and has no stake in it, with the consent of a new president who has already signaled he’ll make some changes right away through executive action.
Mr. Obama also fears his aggressive climate-change policies are in danger. His education reforms, trade and defense policies, nuclear pact with Iran, and management of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria—or lack thereof—are all about to face severe scrutiny and serious revision.
So while the explanation for his staying in Washington is Sasha’s schooling, the real reason is probably to fight for the preservation of his legacy. And there is no more effective way of doing so than to remain on the battlefield and position himself not only as the de facto head of the Democratic Party, but also the main media voice of opposition to the policies of Mr. Trump.
His presence in Washington will invite news reporters to seek his commentary and criticism of every move Mr. Trump makes.
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So there you have it. Obama has no plans to fade into the background and allow President-elect Trump and the Republican majority elected by the people actually govern–as if they don’t have the same right he did to make their own policies, push for and pass their own legislation, and pursue their own agenda. This kind of arrogance is rare, though for Obama, it comes naturally.
In a recent interview with his former top advisor, David Axelrod, Obama essentially admitted that his goal was going to be to hassle Trump and the GOP majority. While he said he basically agreed with George Washington’s feeling that, at some point, it is appropriate to retire and allow the reins of power to pass to someone else, “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 a particular policy, but goes to some foundational issues about our democracy that I might not weigh in.”
And during his lengthy, self-absorbed farewell speech in Chicago, his real hometown, he promised, “I won’t stop. In fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days.”
Can we get a collective groan?
The ‘mainstream’ media will pretend as though Obama is still president, of that you can certain. These are same mentally challenged individuals who are literally inventing news stories out of thin air to de-legitimize Trump and bring down his administration.
But we’ll make a prediction here: Americans will quickly tire of this dog-and-pony show. The more Obama tries to insert himself into the debate and influence policy decisions that are not his to make, the more tired the country will get of it, and the more it will actually hurt his party.
Nevertheless, he won’t stop trying to be the focus of attention at the center of the political stage. Like we said, he’s an arrogant man.