A period of silence from you would be welcome

Barack Obama and his aides expected to take on President Donald Trump at some point, but they didn’t think it would happen this quickly.

Now they’re trying to find the right balance on issues that demand a response, and how to use Obama deliver the selective pushback. Obama and his team are monitoring what’s happening at the White House, and not ruling out the possibility that Obama will challenge Trump more forcefully in the coming months, according to people who’ve been in contact with the former president.

You’ve had your 8 years matey, you’re out of office. Sure, as a private citizen you’ve almost all the political rights of everyone else (you’re not allowed to run for Pres again though).

However, a period of silence would be welcome. Perhaps you might like to take up portrait painting? Building hovels for poor people? Possibly spend decades proclaiming that “I am not a crook”?

For opposer in chief of your successor is not quite what we expect from ex-Presidents.

42 comments on “A period of silence from you would be welcome

  1. He makes George W look so presidential by way of comparison.

    But I don’t think Trump needs to worry. For one I don’t think Barry can be bothered to put down the clubs and get off the links long enough to make a comment. For another Barry is such a tool that anything he says can only work to Trump’s advantage – as long as Obama sticks to criticism.

  2. Who exactly are ‘his team’. Does he keep his White House staff or something? How does he manage to pay their salaries?

  3. I think ex-Presidents get a staff allowance; large for a transitional period, but then it drops to more like a couple of secretaries.

    They also get lifetime secret service protection. Bill Clinton limited it for ten years, but only for presidents after himself (bastard). Obama reinstated lifetime protection (including for W, who was the only person who would have lost it, which was decent of him)

  4. ‘Obama will challenge Trump more forcefully in the coming months’

    Forcefully? Threatening the President is a crime.

  5. The Donald is tempting Obama to wreck what remains of O’s credibility. I just hope that Obama takes the bait big time.

  6. “For opposer in chief of your successor is not quite what we expect from ex-Presidents.”

    It was expected that future Presidents would disclose their tax returns, but you were quite comfortable with Trump breaking that convention…..

  7. As I’ve said before, the more Obama spouts off the more difficult it will be for the Democrats to move on an mount a credible opposition to Trump. Obama’s supporters will follow what he says, not what the Dems say. He has already wrecked the party by making everything about him, and he’s continuing to do so now he’s gone. More power to his elbow, I say.

  8. Temp Ninny–his tax return–like mine– is not in the public domain.

    Your clown Oscuma sealed all his records and wouldn’t even publish his real birth certificate. Which is supposed to be in the public domain.

    So don’t come it.

  9. Barack Obama’s record, or lack of, is a matter of genuine discussion. His maglamania is too. Only loony tunes, arseholes if you like, seriously wish to pursue this birther idiocy though. Clearly we have a couple on here.

  10. Oh give it a break Ecks for just once. I was pointing out Tim’s slight inconsistency. I said nothing about merits of Trump, Obama and Clinton.

    This is why I’ve pretty much given up reading this blog (Certainly the comments). Used to be you could get some sensible debate and opposing views. Now it’s as much of an echo chamber as the left wing places.

  11. TA–So what debate were you expecting from your “Tim you’re a hypocrite” one line throw away ?

    “No I’m not”

    “Yes you are”

    If you have a point worth making–make it without sounding like an SJW troll. Or get classed with Reedy/Arnold and the rest.

  12. That’s one thing I liked about American politics. Ex presidents or presidential elections losers would disappear in the distance, never to be heard of again. Unlike midgets like Sarkozy.

    Obama just shows his total lack of class, not that I am surprised, I never thought he had any.

  13. Fuck sake Ecks, snark is what this blog used to be good at hence my comment. Wasn’t expecting any debate.

  14. That is rather feeble. Tim. Of course Obama is an arse, that’s obvious. But he has a right to free speech, however twatish his words may be.

  15. TA-perhaps I was a trifle strident.

    However the decent world–ie non leftist scum–is at war with the left and SJW scum esp. We should aim that not a single one of their lies gets by without being countered.

    They have got away with far too much for far too long. Enough to put all our futures at hazard.

  16. I hope Obama keeps at it. Then when Trump is no longer Pres, he can do the same, only in Trump’s usual over the top style. The Left keep forgetting that once they flout the convention, then anyone can.

  17. If he thinks he’ll get another crack at the oval office by riding his wife’s coattails, the electorate will take a dim view of it.

  18. Jimmy Carter set the bar that other ex-presidents have to clear. He is arguably the best ex-president the US has ever had.

  19. Vern Cooke

    I would agree, albeit none of his successors have really intervened until now i would argue. Can’t recall much from Reagan post 88 until he was stricken by Alzheimers in the 90s, nor from either Bush or Dubya, and in fairness even Clinton did not do that much. But Obama has broken the mould – as I expected he would……

  20. This is why deposed kings/dictators were either murdered or exiled, to stop them and followers setting up an alternative power base and causing instability of government and civil wars.

    Edward VIII went off to France with Wallace precisely so there could be no confusion.

    The point about elections for Head Boy is everyone accepts the outcome so executions and exile are avoided.

    However it seems the current fashion is not to accept any vote that is disagreeable to those with the absolute right to rule and decide things.

    So time to get the axe and chopping block out of storage.

  21. Jimmy Carter set the bar for worst President and most obnoxious ex-President at such a high bar that most people thought his position would be unassailable. Obama’s cleared the first like Red Rum at a gymkhana and looks set fair to dethrone Jimmuh on the second. It’s true that Trump is thin-skinned and overly preoccupied with his amour propre but he hasn’t got anything on a malignant narcissist like Obama. The idea of Cincinnatus returning to his plough is such a powerful idea in US politics they named an entire city for him. So please, Obama, for the love of God, shut the fuck up.

  22. So Obama now thinks that an EO practically identical with one he himself signed, on the assumption that he is able to write, is not compatible with US values. What an arse!

  23. Hi Again:

    Regarding my comment about Jimmy Carter, I thought everyone knew of his ex-presidential activities. For those of you who don’t, Mr. Carter became heavily involved with the charity “Habitat for Humanity” … at the ground level. He would get involved in the actual smash-thumb-with-hammer construction of housing projects. And he would use the aura of his ex-president status to draw attention to that charity’s needs.

    I remember many years ago a segment of a talk show, where the host (in studio) was interviewing Mr. Carter at a job-site in the same city. At the end Mr. Carter invited the host down to help out … and it was fun watching the host squirm to not go. I mean, how do you say “no” to an ex-president?!?

    All-in-all, Mr. Carter has made very good use of his status as being an ex-president to help others. In my opinion, THAT is the high bar that others have to exceed.

    Thoughts?

  24. “we need to work together regardless of political stripes for the benefit of all”

    Bullshit. We need to beat the Liberals. Beat them into the ground. Make them sorry they ever voted Democrat.

  25. “Barack Obama and his aides expected to take on President Donald Trump at some point, but they didn’t think it would happen this quickly.”

    Yeah, and I didn’t expect to go to the pub so soon, but hey here I am.

    Anyway, regarding the quiet transfer of power and accepting election results – if you have convinced yourself that your opponents are evil Nazis, you aren’t going to sit back and say “Well, it’s their turn and in the interests of the Republic I’ll say nowt”.

  26. What Gamecock said.

    Leftards always like trotting out crap like that. Well, all they’ve ever done is get in the way of this (former) working class oik. That and resent where I’ve got to.

  27. Carter’s charitable work may be great, but is offset somewhat by his willingness to endorse unfree and unfair elections.

    Dubya has been an absolute model of dignity, dedicating his time to helping injured veterans and encouraging people to adopt dogs from shelters. Oh, and the painting.

    The high bar was surely set by Coolidge, though.

  28. Vern Cooke
    “Regarding my comment about Jimmy Carter, I thought everyone knew of his ex-presidential activities. For those of you who don’t, Mr. Carter became heavily involved with the charity “Habitat for Humanity” … at the ground level. He would get involved in the actual smash-thumb-with-hammer construction of housing projects. And he would use the aura of his ex-president status to draw attention to that charity’s needs.”

    This was unquestionably a good thing. He did tarnish it somewhat supporting some rather questionable South American antics.

    Somehow, I can’t see Obama picking up a hammer.

  29. Carter is an apologist for, inter alia, the North Koreans and the genocidal anti-Semitic Palestinians. He’s a rancid human being.

  30. Trump does not suffer fools gladly. Trump tolerated Obama til he was gone. If Obama tries to stir it up now, Trump will do what the Fake News Media wouldn’t do, and Obama’s legacy will be destroyed sooner, rather than later.

    Obama isn’t known for his wisdom, so he’ll probably jump into it.

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

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