(NationalSentinel) On his way out the door, former President Obama said he and wife Michelle would take some time off and then get “busy” once again – undermining the presidency of his successor.
Before the election, Obama and most of the mainstream media were certain that Hillary Clinton would easily defeat Donald Trump, and as theÂ Washington Examiner noted, when that was the case, Obama said he looked forward to a quiet retirement. That all changed Nov. 8.
“I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting and the sun is going to come back out, and we’re going to be busy, involved in the amazing stuff that we’ve been doing all these years before,”Â Obama told supportersÂ in late November.
Sure enough, as theÂ New York Post‘s Paul Sperry reported, Obama – back from vacation – is already plotting:
When former President Barack Obama said heÂ was â€œheartenedâ€ by anti-Trump protests,Â he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators â€” numbering more than 30,000 â€” who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.
In whatâ€™s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isnâ€™t just staying behind in Washington. Heâ€™s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular â€œAmerica Firstâ€ agenda.
Heâ€™s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally youâ€™d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obamaâ€™s OFA. Rather, itâ€™s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.
And here the hapless mainstream media is thinking that all of these “protests” – of GOP town halls, on college campuses, in the streets of liberal cities – were all just spontaneous First Amendment expressions of political opposition,Â not organized and financed affairs featuring paid actors (the Republicans know all this, by the way, including the ‘mainstream’ media’s lack of interest in investigating and accurately reporting it).
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SperryÂ notes further that the groups are vowing to fight the administration on any repeal of Obamacare, upholding immigration law, “race relations” andÂ “climate change.”
Obama is intimately involved in OFA operations and even tweets from the groupâ€™s account. In fact, he gave marching orders to OFA foot soldiers following Trumpâ€™s upset victory.
The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents.
We saw this coming. In a December 31 post we wrote that Trump will have to remind the ‘mainstream’ media thatÂ he is president and not Obama, because they will run to the former president every time Trump makes any moves to repeal signature legislation or just change policies.
And we even proscribed a possible solution:
Hereâ€™s how to shut down Obama fast and early: Sean Spicer, as Trumpâ€™s spokesperson, or the president himself, will have to publicly remind the lapdog mediaÂ and ObamaÂ thatÂ Trump is president now, that No. 44Â had his two terms in office, and that he is no longer setting the countryâ€™s agenda. Policy is still set in the Executive Branch, and that branch is now occupied byÂ someoneÂ who isnâ€™t named Obama.
That wonâ€™t shut the man up, nor will it keep the press from running to him, mind you. But it will serve as a useful reminder to the country and the world that Donald J. Trump, and not Barack H. Obama, is now large andÂ in chargeÂ in the Oval Office.
With the ratings that Spicer’s press briefings are getting, that would make the point quite boldly.
President Obama was no ordinary president in that he openly defied Congress (his “pen and phone” strategy); prosecutedÂ more journalists under the Espionage Act than anyone before him (and the pressÂ stillÂ loves him for it); was more of an authoritarian that Trump has ever been or will ever be; and was the least transparent in history.
And now, he’s determined to protect that “legacy.”Â That’s whatÂ Americans ought to be moreÂ worried about.