Here’s a risible part:
Mr. Rhodes writes he did not learn about the F.B.I. investigation until after leaving office, and then from the news media. Mr. Obama did not impose sanctions on Russia in retaliation for the meddling before the election because he believed it might prompt Moscow into hacking into Election Day vote tabulations.
Well, that’s comforting. The CIA and FBI were running an operation against the opposing party’s political campaign and neither the president nor his Deputy National Security Adviser knew anything about it. That’s…comforting? So they really were rogue and Trump, Nunes, Grassley, et al are right to be pursuing them for abusing their authority?
The excuse for not acting against Russia because Russia might do what they were trying to do anyway is the sort of indecisive, lead-from-behind cowardice that I believe is Obama’s saddest attribute as a president. It’s bullshit anyway. Obama never wanted to bring attention onto Russia’s efforts because he didn’t want anyone to find out what his Administration had been doing against Trump’s campaign until Clinton was safely in the White House.
And this is a great example of narm:
When they parted for the final time, Ms. Merkel had a single tear in her eye. “She’s all alone,” Mr. Obama noted.
Yes, she is. Obama not only left his own party in a complete disaster of historic unpopularity, but even his fellow open borders globalists throughout the world. His threats of economic ruin couldn’t even deter Brexit.
I thought this was the best part.
“I couldn’t shake the feeling that I should have seen it coming,” Mr. Rhodes writes. “Because when you distilled it, stripped out the racism and misogyny, we’d run against Hillary eight years ago with the same message Trump had used: She’s part of a corrupt establishment that can’t be trusted to bring change.”
That’s fantastic. Rhodes is about halfway to understanding why Trump won and Clinton lost. That one of Obama’s inner circle minions is saying this is significant. It means it’s now safe for other Democrats to push Clinton out of the limelight. Until he understands that the basis for Trump’s victory wasn’t “racism and misogyny”, they’ll never figure out the other half. Obama isn’t there either.
“Maybe we pushed too far,” Mr. Obama said. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”
I will admit that I snorted when I read this. My own perception of Obama is that no president in American history ever did more to divide Americans into tribes than he did. From labelling people in flyover country as people “bitterly clinging to guns and religion” to his constant attempts to “otherize” American citizens who he saw as being on “the wrong side of history”, it shouldn’t be any wonder why race relations deteriorated under his presidency.
Seriously, Barack. Healing the racial divide–just a bit–was the one thing that I thought your election might have accomplished. You had one job. Fucked it up. Oh well.
That’s not to say that he’s totally wrong on this. Having been designated as the one tribe who it is okay to criticize, some of the white working and middle classes decided to give back by voting for Trump. Others voted against Clinton because they did not want any more of the divisive identity politics. I think they just wanted the societal chaos Obama had egged on to stop.
Either way, yes, Obama had totally failed to recognize how badly he screwed up. It really should be sad and I’m sure Rhodes has written it to come across that way. But like everything else with that Administration, the real effect will be something totally different from the intentions of its apologists.