the tradition whereby former presidents of the united states retire from public view and expression after their term in office is over is a good one. former presidents in the past have stayed out of the lime light, and have also quietly made themselves available to sitting presidents, of whatever party, when their help has been sought.
it is tradition. and, it is a wise one, as it keeps the office from being politicized on a partisan basis: a sitting president has enough to contend with, and this world is not so short of putin's, crazy north korean dictator's, and mullah's who want the bomb as to warrant the contention that trump with have nothing to do. it will be difficult enough to do without having to cover his back from a malcontent who is jealous of his, ... , what, what did obama do exactly, ... , that calls for protecting his . what? reputation? what reputation? his legacy? what legacy does he have to protect?
"obama's legacy is a devastated democratic party," by deroy murdock, new york post. http://nypost.com/2016/12/25/obamas-legacy-is-a-devastated-democratic-party/ . hat tip "c." if the democrats were smart, they would take obama quietly aside, and tell the dumb bastard that he has done enough damage, and that he should be quiet before he completely destroys them. we are tired of him, and we want him to go away, and shut up. why? because he has been as big a disaster for the u.s.a. as he has been for democrats.
we are still in syria, iraq and afghanistan. relations with russia are at an all time low, with putin recently tell obama "... to put up or shut up." the affordable health care plan which isn't, and has spent itself into bankruptcy and collapse, and has dangerously wounded the health care system? and, obama has rendered the military an effeminate shadow of its former self, and whoever succeeds command of the military will have a lot of work to put it back in order. did anyone mention the economy which has more unemployed and people just simply "out of the workforce" than ever before? race relations, anyone? what legacy? race baiting?
did i mention what a skillful job he has done managing u.s. relations with israel, the one democratic state in the world that shores up our strategic and tactical position in the middle east? did i not do that? what a master. he and john kerry, idiots to the core. right to the damned bone.
going quickly out of public view is a tradition that obama threatens to overturn. he apparently will spurn it, and to keep prattling. he apparently intends, (and is floating trial balloons to see how it will be greeted), to function akin to a government in exile, or the voice of the opposition in the english parliament. to protect his legacy, a "legacy" that doesn't exist, i suppose.
it is not wise.
put plainly, bluntly and succinctly, when trump assumes office is is time for obama to retire to his farm, or villa, or golf course, and just shut the fuck up for a little bit. he should keep his trap shut, put a sock in his pie hole, and keep silent. put a zipper on it. history will judge him, and we do not need his shrill and desperate prattling as he tries to regain some stature in the world, and in history's evaluation of him.
hillary clinton, she who stinks of death, should take him aside and tell him it is better to be thought an idiot than to open his mount in public and confirm it. again. his politics, his legacy, his programs and beliefs have been repudiated. best he stays the hell out of the way, and gives his successor a chance to fix things without his interference.
and, if he tries to carry on a foreign policy by sticking his nose in all over the world, trump should clamp him in leg irons and stick him in a dungeon some place. some place so dark and dank that they will have to pump fresh air and light to him. period.
john jay @ 12.27.2016
p.s. he did get elected. and, he did make chris matthew's leg tingle, all the way up to his dingus. that he did. he should be content with it. and, shut up.