Barack Obama: Showing extreme bravery while abroad

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 3, 2017 — One of the best things about the Trump presidency is being able to tune out the media. President Trump’s opponents have been going at it full bore since the election, and the media are just plain dishonest.

Thus, ignoring the news has become a fairly simple process.

President Obama is living the good life, traveling the world to prestigious destinations while criticizing his replacement from every nook and cranny of the world.

It’s typical Trump vs vintage Obama, and it’s not going to stop for at least another three and a half years.


Who can tell whether Trump is doing a good job or just getting by? Most of the media will not report the news accurately, and there is so much bias on both sides that it is virtually impossible to get any reliable information. Best thing to do is turn off the radio and television and accept the “white noise” that surrounds this presidency.

Speaking from another luxurious locale in Indonesia, Obama criticized Trump on the eve of the Fourth of July with remarks that were recorded by numerous media resources.

Speaking in Jakarta at the opening of the Fourth Congress of the Indonesian Diaspora, Bloomberg reports that Obama said, “In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change. (It was) an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership will still give our children a fighting chance.

“The challenges of our times, whether it’s economic inequality, changing climate, terrorism, mass migration; these are really challenges and we’re going to have to confront them together.”

Obama’s words sound nice, but they were the former president’s specialty: empty rhetoric.

“Economic inequality”? What does a man who, with his family, lived a life of luxury courtesy of the American people and, since leaving office, has made luxury his avocation understand about the reality of economic inequality?

“Changing climate”? If climate change is so important, then why aren’t the world’s grand and fabulous pooling their resources to combat the problem rather than hosting and attending spectacular congresses, flying by private jet to glad-hand beneath meaningless bannered slogans? Al Gore has parlayed his climate policies into greater wealth than Obama has the White House. To what end?

“Terrorism” and “mass migration”? What did Obama do as president that came anywhere close to fighting Islamic jihad or eliminating illegal immigration?

Obama had his chances, and he blew them. Perhaps Trump is imploding as well, but who can tell without balanced media coverage?

According to England’s “The Guardian,” Obama said in Jakarta, “It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads, at an inflection point. If we don’t stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue.”

This is more rhetoric divorced from reality. Where have the Democrats hidden their “tolerance and moderation and respect for others” since Trump took the oath of office? Their favorite word since the middle of January has been “impeachment.” “Tolerance”? “Moderation”? “Respect for others”?

Hardly.

George Bush went eight long years without saying much of anything about Obama and his policies. Obama, on the other hand, chooses to blast the American president while speaking on foreign soil rather than having the guts to be critical at home.

By contrast, Trump spoke at an event at Walter Reed Medical Center which included wounded soldiers. The contrast in style could not be more evident. “America is a land rich with heroes. We all bleed the same red blood,” said Trump.

“Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our Creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is transferring power out of Washington and returning that power back where it belongs — to the people.”

Tweets or no tweets, as America prepares to celebrate nearly 250 years of independence tomorrow, take time to embrace the ideals of our founding fathers and see whether you can honestly say that Barack Obama,from Muslim Indonesia, cares more about our country than Donald Trump, in the United States of America.

About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)

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