There is a time-honored tradition among former presidents. When one president leaves office, he metaphorically rides off into the sunset where he begins is post-presidential life. Past presidents have often continued to serve the country focusing on issues dear to their hearts while keeping a low profile with regard to current day politics.
President Obama left office less than two weeks ago. But rather than move back home and start his post-presidential agenda, Obama moved his family across town and settled in a Washington suburb. He is also weighing in on political issues almost immediately rather than honor the post-presidential tradition he was afforded.
President Obama released a statement Monday supporting the protests of President Trump’s executive order issuing a temporary ban on refugees until a comprehensive review of the vetting process can take place. From The Hill:
“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,” a spokesman for Obama said. “Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”
Trump’s critics have blasted the order as racist and anti-Muslim. Trump has argued that his actions are similar to Obama’s 2011 temporary ban on immigrants from Iraq. Obama dismissed that comparison noting that he “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
Presidential historian Doug Wead appeared on Fox News with host Neil Cavuto, asserting that it had been approximately 80 years since a past-president intervened in policy issues with a new president. Cavuto questioned if Obama’s quick re-entry into the political arena is due to “his passion for the issues or about being opportunistic.”
Obama’s statement highlights the potential for discrimination based on religion because the seven countries included are all Muslim countries.
Cavuto pointed out, however, that the order mentions nothing about Islam. Instead, exclusions to the ban are allowed for religious minorities within those countries, including those who are Muslim minorities.
Source: The Hill