Past President’s do NOT speak unkindly of those who are in America’s most exclusive high power club….
After their time in office?
They tend see each other and talk to each other with no regard for their politics….
I would doubt THAT will be the case with Donald Trump…
I would also doubt if ANY of the past President’s living to day would comment about a guy who is making mess of a job he wasn’t supposed to get…
The closest we probably will get to Obama is Joe Biden….
And THAT is the main reason he’s leading in the polls….
An open letter to Barack Obama:
Mr. President, it is time. You must speak. Your country needs you.
Eleven summers ago, as you accepted the Democratic nomination for president, you announced: “Tonight, I say to the people of America, to Democrats and Republicans and independents across this great land: Enough. This moment — this election — is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive.”
Of course, we knew then that our nation had deep political differences, and would continue to. Only the most naive among us would have expected the election of the first African American president to come about with no backlash.
But would anyone have anticipated that within a dozen years, we would hear another president tell four nonwhite congresswomen— three of whom were born in this country — to “go back” to where they came from?
Donald Trump’s tweets over the weekend were the basest kind of bigotry, the oldest of racist tropes. And they were a reminder that in the eyes of some, who apparently include our current president, people of color will never be seen as fully American, regardless of how many generations their families have been part of this nation’s story or how much they achieve as individuals.
President Obama, I understand your reluctance to weigh in on Trump’s latest transgression. You are a respecter of norms, including the one dictating that former presidents steer clear of criticizing their successors. And for all the barriers you shattered, racism was never a topic upon which you seemed eager to hold forth.
But silence now is unacceptable. It is time to make yourself heard.
We have long since given up expectations that anyone in Trump’s own party will do or say anything to call him out for what he is. The few who tried at the beginning have capitulated, been driven from office or walked away….
image….Former president Barack Obama in Las Vegas on Oct. 22, 2018. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)