Eight years in the White House has left the president with faulty recollections, and an allegiance to the person he once believed “unqualified” to be president.
His calculated selective memory led him to rebuke the Republican presidential candidate while forgetting his own character flaws.
Barack Obama got hold of an open mic before a partisan crowd, and chastised Donald Trump for “whining” about the integrity of the election, forgetting about how he once whined about the election. Trump has said repeatedly the election is “rigged” by Democrats and propagandist liberal media supporters.
Here’s how Obama’s selective memory event was covered Tuesday by liberal-leaning Yahoo News:
The president said Trump’s intensifying pre-emptive warnings about voter fraud are unheard of in modern politics. The rhetoric is not based on any evidence, Obama said, but is simply aimed at discrediting the outcome before the first votes are counted.
“You start whining before the game is even over?” Obama said at a Rose Garden news conference. “If whenever things are going badly for you and you lose you start blaming somebody else — then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job.”
Trump hasn’t backed down from his stance, vowing to clean out the filth in Washington after dispatching his rival.
Campaigning in Colorado, the GOP candidate repeated his assertions about “corrupt” elections but did not respond directly to the president. Trump vowed to “drain the swamp” in Washington, and for the first time promised to push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.
Obama was dancing for another world leader during his veiled campaign stump used to attack Trump.
Obama waded into the race to elect a successor, speaking at the White House where he was hosting his final state visit. Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at his side, the president initially said he would pull his punches when it came to politics, respecting the official setting. But when he was asked about Trump’s rhetoric, he hardly held back.
“I would invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes,” he said.
Trump deflected the president’s pithy assertions, adding fuel to the fire before the Wednesday night debate.
“They even want to try and rig the election at the polling booth, where so many cities are corrupt and you see that and voter fraud is all too common,” Trump said at a rally in Colorado Springs.
Obama waded further into the election from his White House stump, accusing Trump and Republican leaders of too much praise for the leader of Russia.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 18, 2016
As for Russia, Obama accused Trump of showering praise and modeling his policies on Russian President Putin to a degree that is “unprecedented in American politics.”
He said he has been “surprised and troubled” by Republican lawmakers who he said are echoing their presidential nominee’s positions. Trump has praised Putin as a strong leader and criticized Obama and Clinton for Washington’s deteriorating relationship with Moscow.
In an interview Monday, Trump said Russia “can’t stand” either Democrat. He promised a closer relationship with Putin, if elected, starting with a possible meeting before Inauguration Day.
Per Obama’s propaganda machine, he forgot about long-time Republicans challenging his handling of Russia, and doing so publicly for years. Obama’s memory lapses and own whining were documented in “Special Report with Bret Baier” on Fox News.
While attacking Trump and elevating Hillary Clinton as an option, Obama’s selective memory once again kicked in. He has openly called Clinton “unqualified” to be president.
As Obama said in 2008, “She will say anything and change nothing. Hillary can’t be trusted, and isn’t qualified to be president.”
Obama’s “unqualified” potential predecessor has ducked out of the public eye, preparing for a potential hell-storm in the debate Wednesday night.
As further reported in Yahoo News:
Clinton held no public events Tuesday while she prepared for the debate. She has her own troubles and is certain to be asked about the latest revelations involving her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.
New FBI documents released Monday revived questions about whether she received classified information and whether State Department allies sought to protect her from criticism over the email arrangement.
The FBI notes show a State Department official asked the FBI to lower the classification of a sensitive email found on her server. The email was related to the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.
The documents revealed discussion of a “quid pro quo” in trying to get the email reclassified, though it’s not clear who first raised the issue. Both State and FBI officials deny any bargaining took place, and the email was not declassified.
Trump called it an “elaborate and deliberate cover-up” and called for the State Department official, Undersecretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, to be fired.
The president is coasting out of office amidst snide comments and selective lying, and trying to establish the “unqualified” Democratic nominee as everyone’s option. While Obama rebukes and blames others for the condition of the country he divided for personal gain, Trump is working to get the country back on track.
Another few weeks and Obama may have to remember forever the day he passed the torch to Trump.