Trump begins to bitch slap Obama around.
A couple of months back I wrote a Foxtrot Oscar type of farewell to Obama, which in passing mentioned my opinion that he wanted to do a comeback for a third term at the end of the Trump presidency. The main point of the piece was that I thought Obama was arrogant and since he’d been given eight years worth of a free ride by a totally uncritical and adoring media, that arrogance had been given free rein to do whatever it wanted without ever having a concern that he might be pulled up on it.
Call me cynical but given the combination of an arrogant personality, a somnambulant Republican party, no criticism from the media and an eight year free run to do nothing much of consequence, then the process of corruption kicks in with a vengeance. The defining characteristic of his presidency rapidly became executive overreach. Essentially, president Obama very quickly acted like king Obama, ruling as he saw fit using executive orders and petty regulation mongering to bypass the constitutional brake of an elected congress.
Once you get to that point of feeling invulnerable, it’s only a few steps further to start abusing your position and get into activities which are legally questionable to say the least.
Trump has an estimated personal fortune of about ten billion dollars. That sort of money buys you a lot of investigative expertise and can also be used to loosen mouths sworn or threatened into silence. Unlike so many experts who time and time again make the mistake of underestimating Trump, I don’t. He’s very sharp and very tough, and if you watched his campaign it very quickly became obvious he was always two steps ahead of his opposition. I’m certain he’s spent a few million or so in pocket change just building a stack of intelligence on various people, and that most especially includes Barack Obama and his courtiers.
Be in no doubt, he’s got a huge stash of dirt on the Obama presidency, because of the lack of scrutiny I’m fairly sure there’s lots there to find. He never used any of it in his campaign but now he’s president, things are different.
On my profile of Trump, I said he’ll never forgive a slight. He’s not a man you’d lightly make an enemy of but Obama did exactly that, and in response Trump took his job and as I predicted within a week of his inauguration had ripped apart that modest hill of beans called Obama’s legacy.
Predictably – and I’m getting fed up of that word popping up all over this piece – Obama’s response was that he had the arrogance to think he could simply camp out on the White House lawn, and quietly play the master puppeteer behind the scenes for the next four years, subverting the Trump presidency using a combination of his cronies in the media and his in-place appointees leaking fake news stories all over the place.
The flaw with that plan is that after the media’s shenanigans in the presidential campaign, people simply don’t believe a damn word they say and as for the leakers, it’s obvious by now to even a knuckle-dragging moron in a hurry that Trump is simply relieving every Obama appointee from the burdens of office. Trump is taking a leaf out of Lt. Ellen Ripley’s playbook, the only way to be sure is to nuke the lot of them.
The other consideration, and one I’d think about very carefully if I were you Barack, is that Trump isn’t finished with you yet. Not by a long chalk. His track record is he first beats people, but then he goes on to crush them personally, and you are very definitely on his to be crushed list.
There’s a saying about seemingly random strings of events that make your life difficult; once is happenstance, twice is coincidence but thrice is enemy action.
Once was Trump’s accusation that Obama had bugged his place of business, and then giving the media a week to bray like jackasses at what they patently thought was a Trump being paranoid. He dumped that particular shitstorm all over you with just one tweet from his personal account – no crony media required.
Twice was someone less than a week later very conveniently supplying WikiLeaks an outrageous amount of information detailing the extent and invasive bugging by what now looks to be a totally out of control CIA trampling all over the constitution, law and any notion of executive control. The drop even detailed their false-flag “Russian” hacking activities.
The thrice is heading down the turnpike towards you, but it’s going to have lots of scandals plodding along behind it, because that’s how he intends to crush you. As soon as you’ve fought off one embarrassing revelation, there’ll be another one presenting itself. You’ve got a few years of nothing ahead of you but firefighting one scandal after another to save your reputation. By the time he’s dribbled out all of the dirt he’s got on you, people will be holding their nose at the very mention of your name.
There is a reason ex-presidents quietly retire into the background and out of politics. The new man in the hot seat has complete access to all your sins while you were in office, and the time-honoured convention is he keeps quiet about them just as long as you don’t get in his face by sniping at him from the sidelines. You in your arrogance broke that rule, and you broke it with someone who already had a bone to pick with you.
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