A soon-to-be-released memoir by an adviser to Barack Obama says the former president was “veritably shell-shocked” when Donald Trump won the White House, according to Fox News.
The memoir, by Ben Rhodes, reportedly recalls that Obama asked aides at the time, “What if we were wrong?” The book is due for release within days by Random House.
In the 18 months since Trump took office, his administration has reversed much of what Obama did, from making major changes in health care and taxes to strengthening the military and even trying a breakthrough summit with Kim Jung Un of North Korea. Where Obama was perceived by many to be an “apologist” for the United States, Trump has shown a willingness to butt heads.
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The Rhodes book, titled “The World As It Is,” also suggests that Obama “struggled to come to terms with Hillary Clinton’s defeat.”
That much appears to be playing out like a melodramatic soap opera on cable news channels as allegations of political spying and a biased investigation of alleged “Russian collusion” during the 2016 campaign, and Clinton’s “blame tour” all show a post-election trauma not just for the ex-president but for the political Left.
On top of that, Obama’s insistence that there were no scandals in his administration suggests he lives in denial. Obama critics repeatedly cite Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting conservative groups, Solyndra and a lengthy list of others.
Additional salt was rubbed into that wound on Thursday when the president pardoned filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative filmmaker whose 2012 anti-Obama documentary “2016: Obama’s America” was reviled by the Left. According to Fox News, President Trump’s pardon came because, in his opinion, D’Souza was “a victim of selective prosecution for violations of campaign finance laws.”
D’Souza pleaded guilty four years ago to campaign law violations relating to a New York political race.
In the midst of this, according to an account in the New York Times, Obama told his aides, while riding in the presidential limousine, “Maybe we pushed too far. Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”
The context of this remark, the Times story said, was that Obama had read a column that suggested liberals “had forgotten how important identity was to people and had promoted an empty cosmopolitan globalism that made many feel left behind.”
But there’s a darker assertion, according to another Fox story, from Candace Owens, the communications director for Turning Point USA. According to Fox Insider, Owens “blasted” the former president, asserting that Obama had “caused ‘damage’ to race relations in the United States during his two terms in office.”
Many conservatives look upon liberals as being so immersed in pushing their own political viewpoint that they simply cannot understand how anyone could have a different perspective. Instead of a willingness to listen to opposing viewpoints, liberals are perceived as being quick to accuse those who disagree of being racists or simply too stupid to have a valid argument.
Clinton was widely expected to follow Obama into the Oval Office. But she took for granted voters in key states while Trump traveled repeatedly to those states, meeting with people and more importantly treating them like their opinions matter.
The “shell shock” that Obama allegedly experienced might have been due to the realization – without ever admitting it – that his team was wrong. The proof of just how wrong they were is now residing in the White House.