While Donald Trump foolishly wasted precious time attacking black players in the NFL for peacefully protesting the slayings of black people by police, former president Barack Obama continued his efforts to bring attention to the suffering in Puerto Rico.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the former president shared a video he made with other former presidents and asked Americans to donate.
“We’re expanding our efforts to help Puerto Rico & the USVI, where our fellow Americans need us right now. Join us at oneamericaappeal.org.”
The current occupant in the White House has been under criticism lately for manufacturing the NFL controversy while ignoring the Puerto Rico catastrophe. He got carried away last weekend while speaking at a rally in Alabama, and called on NFL owners to “fire” any “son of a bitch” that keeled in protest during the rendition of the National Anthem.
The man who took an oath to protect Americans and our rights to peacefully protest, who took an oath to uphold the Constitution clearly knows nothing about the Constitution and people’s First Amendment.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 26, 2017
It’s a tale of two very different men. While Donald Trump ran around the Middle East backtracking on all his campaign promises to appease the audience, Former President, Barack Obama spoke to tens of thousands in Berlin.
Accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the former president spoke about the Affordable Care Act and the continued Republican onslaught on the law.
“Obviously, some of the progress that we made is imperiled, because there is still a significant debate taking place in the United States,” he said,according to NPR. Though Obama noted that it did not insure all Americans, it did help an overwhelming amount of citizens. “For those 20 million people, their lives have been better,” he said. “And we’ve set a standard for what’s possible that people can build on.”
The former President also hit Trump and his “build a wall” slogan, saying, “we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall.”
WATCH: Pres. Obama talks human rights and health care at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. pic.twitter.com/bnZOgPovq1
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 25, 2017
I remember the times when some in the press stumbled over themselves to pin a scandal on former president, Barack Obama. It wasn’t easy, so the simplest things were often blown up into a so-called “scandal.”
From Obama putting his foot on his desk in the Oval office, to the color of a suit he wore, to him chewing gum, were blown up into a “scandal.” Now compare those actions to those of Donald Trump, and the obvious obstruction of justice soup he is now boiling in.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) May 22, 2017
“I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run for office,” the former president said in announcing his support for French centrist Emmanuel Macron, “but the French election is very important to the future of France and the values that we care so much about.”
France will hold a runoff election between Emmanuel and a far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen on Sunday. Marine Le Pen also received the support of Donald Trump. Mr. Obama said he chose to support Emmanuel because “the success of France matters to the entire world”.
Mr. Macron posted the Obama’s video support on Twitter.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 4, 2017
Sounds like a defamation of character lawsuit to me. Without any evidence, Trump has accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign. But knowing the easy-going ways of the former president, he would probably just allow Trump to bury himself with his dumb tweets.
That said, Trump’s wiretapping accusation really got under the former president’s skin.
An aide to Obama told the Wall Street Journal the former president had decided he would not respond to every one of the his successor’s tweets. But people familiar with Obama’s thinking told the WSJ he was livid after Trump posted several tweets early Saturday morning making serious accusations.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump first tweeted on Saturday, without evidence.
An Obama spokesman later responded:
“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” said Kevin Lewis. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
Trump’s allegations have widened a rift between Trump and his predecessor, according to the report, who made an effort to be cordial during the transition.
Trump also reportedly believes that officials loyal to Obama have been behind the leaks coming out of the administration.
The former President and the former First Lady made an appearance in Washington today at the National Gallery of Art museum. Museum goers were taken by surprise and greeted the couple with cheers and applause.
This is the first time the couple have been seen out since Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims the Obama administration wire-tapped his Trump Tower phones during the presidential election. President Trump has yet to provide any evidence for his bold claim and President Obama’s intelligence chief has denied any such activity occurred.
A crowd gathered to watch the former first couple leave the gallery and reportedly launched into a round of applause and cheers for them.
NBC reporter, Benjy Sarlin, commented on the throng of people who gathered to watch the pair.
He carried the worries of a nation on his shoulder for the last eight years, now the former president of the United States is using the first few weeks out of office to unwind,
Well deserved Mr. President!