CHARLOTTE, NC, March 16, 2017 — Attempting to stay abreast of what is real and what is fake in the news has become an increasingly maddening proposition.
It was always a given that President Trump would get no support from the mainstream media, but the depths to which journalistic outlets, print and broadcast alike, have gone to “undercover” the new president’s agenda is not only disheartening but dangerous.
Former President Barack Obama is playing his “preserve-my-legacy” game in the shadows, even as he attempts to undermine Trump at virtually every turn. He makes his meddling appear to be coming from other sources
There was no shortage of commentary during both of Obama’s presidential campaigns about his only experience for the presidency being as a community organizer. Now it appears that Obama is going back to his roots to throw more monkey wrenches into whatever Trump may be trying to accomplish through more of his community organizing tactics.
On Wednesday, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson of Honolulu blocked Trump’s immigration policy on individuals from six Muslim countries. A ban was supposed to go into effect on Wednesday, but Judge Watson used Trump’s comments about Muslims during the presidential campaign as his reason for blocking it.
More notable than the judge’s blocking of the ban was the fact that Obama happened to make a surprise visit to Hawaii less than 48 hours before the ban was to go into effect.
Further evidence of the “something-is-rotten-in-Denmark” move by the judge is that Watson was nominated to his position in 2012 by Obama and that he graduated from Harvard law school in the same year as Obama.
Sometimes the truth is just too glaring to resemble anything remotely coincidental. Given the former president’s legions of supporters, especially in media, little or no speculation will be raised about Obama’s true purpose for traveling to Hawaii, and he will continue to go his merry way unscathed by controversy.
Some observers noted that Obama ate dinner at a restaurant that was mere minutes away from the courthouse in Honolulu and that the ex-president was within five minutes of the judge’s home at one point during his visit.
Obama is said to have played golf while traveling, and such an outing is not unusual for the former president who managed more than 300 rounds during his eight years in office. Frequently those outings took place when there should have been more pressing matters to handle.
There were also reports that Obama was biding his time wisely to take care of business, which is also easy to do on a golf course, and that he met with tech leaders to state that “his return to politics might be sooner than we think.”
Former Attorney General Eric Holder echoed Obama’s claim last month when he said, “It’s coming. He’s coming…and he’s ready to roll.”
Already there have been widely rumored reports of an Obama “nerve center” situated as a war room just a couple of miles from the White House. The purpose is said to be an effort to counter any Trump bids to undermine Obama’s presidency.
One source told the “Daily Mail” that Obama’s goal is to force Trump to step down from the presidency through either resignation or impeachment because he is upset at the methodical way Trump is eroding the Obama legacy.
Perhaps the most damaging aspect of the dueling presidencies is the fact that there is virtually no place to get accurate coverage of the news. Obama’s meddling combined with his willing allies in the press either squash or distort any real coverage of the Trump administration policies, while conservative outlets are forced to go overboard in order to get any positive messages out at all.
The result is a hodge-podge of news coverage where facts and fake news mingle into a muddy cauldron where Americans can get little valid information.
Trump continues to take his message directly to the American people. That said, the president is such a self-endorser about any project he undertakes, his message is frequently exaggerated as well. Though that can be tough in 140 characters.
Perhaps the true test will come when Trump is challenged from the outside on some major international or domestic event. How he responds and deals with the crisis may be the first legitimate opportunity to understand the true soul of the 45th president.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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