Lest we forget that Obama inherited huge problems



It was only eight months ago today that Barack Obama’s two-term stint as president came to an end, but most folks probably sense that much more time has passed since that change-of-the guard took place.

The principal reason that Obama seems to have been gone from office a longer time is that his successor, Donald Trump, is such a colorful and unpredictable man and has thus become a huge media attraction.

I haven’t researched the statistics, but I would bet the farm that Trump’s campaign and the early months of his presidency have attracted an unprecedented amount of media coverage. The guy is so unpredictable — and undisciplined — that the media dare not run the risk of missing even one of his gaffes or outrageous statements.

The net effect of this situation is that Obama has faded from public consciousness more quickly than would have otherwise been the case. These days, the story almost always is about Trump.

That’s unfortunate in several respects, principal among which is that many Americans seem to have forgotten that Obama inherited an unholy economic mess when he became president in 2009. The world was in a financial crisis, and people everywhere were afraid. It was by far the worst economic situation since the Great Depression of the 1930s — and thus was dubbed “The Great Recession.”

Of course, Donald Trump campaigned in part on his bogus implication that Obama somehow created, rather than inherited, the big economic problems that prevailed when he took office. But Trump never has mentioned the steps his predecessor took to right the ship and to restore public confidence in the financial system. Indeed, the subsequent rebound was sufficient to make it fairly easy for Obama to win election to a second term in 2012.

If The Donald has said anything about Obama’s bold steps to restore the ailing economy, I somehow missed the story. If he  has ever mentioned, for example, how Obama saved the auto industry from total ruin, it’s escaped my memory.

The most attention Trump has ever paid to his predecessor has been in connection with his racist claim that Obama was born in a foreign country and was thus ineligible to become president. The truth eventually exonerated Obama, but Trump conceded the point only grudgingly and in the most terse of terms. He didn’t exactly admit that he had been wrong, but it obviously pained him greatly to face the fact that his trademark Birtherism was a dead issue.

The subject of history apparently is not Donald Trump’s long suit. He’s probably not aware that a panel of historians recently ranked Barack Obama among the 12 best presidents in American history.  But I would love to engage Trump in a discussion of the matter. It would be great fun to hear more of his predictably twisted opinions on Obama’s legacy.









  1. Will you explain what makes Trump’s claim that Obama was born in a foreign land racist? Ridiculous probably, but racist? Explain that or you’re just another idiot who throws out unworthy terms to sound like the rest of the sheep’s, like fascist is thrown around these days by people who’ve never attended even a high school level class in government or economics.

    • Shawn Robinson

      Racist? Denying Obama is a citizen can be seen as racist in the sense that even though he already showed his birth certificate and the Republican governor of Hawaii at the time had asked people to quit contacting the state records office, an answer from both of them along with a birth announcement in a 1960s paper wasn’t good enough. Obama supposedly has to meet a higher criteria. The same people could probably care less that Trump has never released his tax returns which every candidate has done. So one person must release additional records, while another can release none.
      Trump knew all that and decided to use it as a stick to club his opponents while simultaneously making false claims about Mexicans and American Muslims.
      Fascist? Probably not. But Trump is the guy who said if you see any protesters, knock the crap out of them. Now, the left group Antifa decided to assault Nazis and allegedly Trump supporters. Trump says both sides are to blame. One characteristic of fascism is that violence against political opponents is justified. They aren’t the only ones using violence, but it is a shared trait.
      I don’t think Trump is a racist or a fascist. I believe he accepts their support. The Democrats used to do the same thing.

      • I agree with your last statement the most and the others are reasonable except in my view to call someone a racist they must believe that the race in question is inferior and not equal, which in my view is what a self labeled white supremacist would claim, or any race based supremacist would claim. And there are other supremacist types out there other than white.

        In todays world, the term racist is thrown out there anytime somebody, usually a white person, doesnt promote the liberal pc narrative that only positive views can be said about the race being discussed, but its better if race isnt mentioned at all, unless to demonize white people, then its ok. And if a white person dares defend their race, there’s the proof they’re a racist.

        Truth is no longer the measure of a legitimate conversational topic, only how much outrage can be generated is.

        Shawn, are you Patrick’s more reasonable alter ego?

      • Shawn, and one more thing, since we’re on the topic of fascism, let’s be honest about what, at least in the past, fascism was.

        In my view, the original definition of fascism was the merging of the corporations with the military and managed through the official government in place.

        In that definition, our own government is fascists in nature, if not full on.

  2. Marc McKenzie

    @Robert: Trump’s claim that Obama was born in a foreign land IS racist and it is also a LIE. Trump never questioned the birthplace of any previous President–just America’s first African-American President.

    Do the math.

  3. Like the print says, Bill Clinton says it in 1995 and he gets a standing ovation. Trump says it in 2016 and he’s a racists…

    Patrick, you’re a fraud… youve got no argument, so you call people a racist…. keep showing people who you are.


  4. Steverino

    Actually Trump is a dotard racist.

    • Sticks and stones saying applies. You girls on the left need to grow some. As I pointed out, Bill Clinton gets a standing ovation, Trump says the same thing and gets called a racist. Keep showing who you are steverino, but we believed you the first time. My utmost respect to Maya Angelou for putting that bit of wisdom into a famous quote.

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